After months of multiple cities vying to be home to the next big automotive plant in the United States, it appears that Huntsville, Ala. has secured the bid to become location to the mega-development.
Multiple sources, including Auto News and Detroit News, were stating on Tuesday night that an announcement is expected from officials from both Toyota and Mazda on Wednesday afternoon. The announcement would confirm the location choice. A source close to the selection gave word on Tuesday night, that the new plant would be located at a megasite, located in the Limestone County portion of Huntsville.
It Came Down to Two States: Alabama and North Carolina
The plant site location came down to two states, North Carolina and Alabama, at the end of 2017. Toyota and Mazda were expected to make a decision in early 2018 as to where the plant would be located. The new megasite would bring 4,000 jobs to the area and be a $1.6 billion dollar development. It's been previously stated that Toyota would produce the Corolla model vehicle at the plant, while Mazda would be producing a new crossover SUV for the North American market.
Limestone County Location
In Limestone County, the large certified megasite development is located close to Huntsville International Airport, a railway, and a major interstate. The site is situated in a large open land space with few current developments on all sides, as well as being close to water access in Decatur, AL. It is also close to other new plant additions in the Greenbrier Road area, including the new Polaris plant and Target distribution center. These points surely gave the Huntsville site a logistics advantage in the bid for the plant.
Both manufacturers are expected to be in Montgomery, Ala. on Wednesday afternoon to make an official joint announcement about the plant location.