AP: Toyota Mazda plant will go to Alabama - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

AP: Toyota Mazda plant will go to Alabama


A Toyota Mazda plant that several Stateline communities were vying for will go to Alabama, according to the Associated Press. 

The AP reports a source briefed on the matter confirms the $1.6 billion factory will be build in Huntsville. 

In August, the Japanese auto manufacturer announced plans to build a U.S. factory. It is projected to build 300,000 vehicles per year and produce the Toyota Corolla starting in 2021. 

Rochelle was the first community in our area to say they wanted to be home to the plant. Several leaders from that area toured Japan with Gov. Bruce Rauner in the fall as part of his first international economic tour. Dekalb also said it wanted the factory. Rockford leaders later said it was applying to be considered. 

In October, 13 WREX reported the plant would not be coming to Illinois at all. 

Officials in Alabama are expected to hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce the plant site. 

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