Toyota invests $222M in Alabama engine plant

The investment will add a four-cylinder line to make combustion and hybrid electric engines

Toyota Alabama started producing the twin-turbo V-6 engine in late 2021.

Toyota is investing $383 million in four of its U.S. manufacturing plants, with the Alabama engine plant receiving $222 million.

The investment in Toyota Alabama, in Huntsville, will create a new four-cylinder production line with the capacity to produce both combustion and hybrid electric powertrains. Additionally, the plant will expand by 114,000 square feet, marking the sixth time the building has expanded since 2003. The plant currently is 1.3 million square feet and sits on 403 acres.

“It’s our dedicated workforce that continues to drive Toyota Alabama forward,” said Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama. “Our team members’ commitment to building world-class engines is why Toyota has invested in our plant eight times, and why we continue to play a vital role in Toyota’s electrified future.”

Toyota Alabama currently has the capacity to produce 900,000 engines annually. Those engines come in four-cylinder, six-cylinder and twin-turbo V-6 configurations and are used in the Rav4, Highlander, Corolla, Corolla Cross, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia. Its engines are shipped to six of Toyota’s seven assembly plants across North America.

“Toyota customers want vehicles that are fuel-efficient and electrified,” said Norm Bafunno, senior vice president of unit manufacturing and engineering for Toyota. “These investments allow us to meet customer needs and quickly respond to an evolving market. We are committed to investing in the U.S., and our teams are ready to take on this new challenge.”

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In addition to the Alabama plant, Toyota is investing $16 million in its Georgetown, Kentucky, facility; $109 million in its Troy, Missouri, location; and $36 million in its Jackson, Tennessee, plant.

“This significant new investment in Alabama will once again help power Toyota’s strategic efforts to prepare for the future in a fast-changing industry,” said Gov. Kay Ivey.

Last year, Toyota announced new investments totaling $5.1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations to support electrification efforts. That investment included the Toyota Alabama twin-turbo V-6 engine line, which started production in October 2021.

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