Flashback to 2001 when Toyota announced it had selected a 200-acre site in north Huntsville for its newest engine plant in North America. By 2003, it was to be Toyota’s first plant outside of Japan to manufacture V8 engines with an annual production capacity of 120,000 units. It announced a $220 million investment and bringing 350 jobs to Alabama. Twenty years later, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama is one of the largest Toyota engine plants in the world producing. The facility produces one-third of all Toyota engines in North America, and is a critical part of Toyota’s supply chain operations. The plant is also the only Toyota plant that produces all four engine types for the automaker.
Production has increased to approximately 3,000 engines per day for the RAV4, Corolla, Tacoma, Sequoia, Highlander, Sienna and Tundra. And by the end of this year, it will have the capacity to produce 900,000 engines per year. “Toyota’s continued investment in Toyota Alabama shows confidence in our ability to produce quality engines for North American operations,” said Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama. “Plants are selected for engine production based on safety, quality, productivity, cost competitiveness and geographic proximity to the vehicle plant.”