Mazda Toyota Manufacturing starts production

Graeme Roberts October 1, 2021 (Last Updated October 1st, 2021 10:04)

New joint Mazda-Toyota plant starts on a Toyota crossover with Mazda models to come.

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing starts production

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) and its 2,000 staff celebrated the start of production of the 2022 Corolla Cross.

MTM, the only North American factory to produce the Corolla Cross, is a joint venture partnership between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. The plant continues to hire workers in preparation for production of the yet to be announced Mazda vehicle.

“This is the moment MTM and our North Alabama community have waited for since we broke ground in November 2018,” said Mark Brazeal, vice president of administration.

MTM is currently hiring 1,700 additional employees to join its existing workforce, eventually reaching up to 4,000 once production is in full operation next year. The plant has capacity for 300,000 vehicles a year, split evenly between the two brands.

MTM’s investment increased to US$2.311bn when the parent companies announced an additional $830m commitment in the summer of 2020. The additional investment allowed MTM to incorporate more technology into its manufacturing processes.