by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/10/18, 11:57 am
Automakers Toyota and Mazda have chosen Huntsville, Ala., for a new $1.6 billion plant that eventually will bring about 4,000 jobs to the area. Alabama officials haven’t confirmed the deal, but Gov. Kay Ivey will make a major economic development announcement Wednesday. Alabama beat out North Carolina in the bid to woo the factory, which could begin operations as soon as 2021. The plant will produce Toyota Corollas and a new small SUV for Mazda, eventually churning out 300,000 vehicles per year. Huntsville already has a Toyota engine plant that employs about 1,500 people.