Toyota invests $36 million in Jackson plant

In this file photo, sparks fly as robots weld on a Corolla assembly line, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Blue Springs, Mississippi.

Toyota Tennessee, Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Jackson, is already responsible for a number of crucial parts of the assembly process for many vehicles, including engine blocks for all vehicles sold in North America.

But as the company announced a total investment of $383 million in its U.S. production operations last week, the Jackson plant has gained another level of investment, and the second the company has announced. in the Hub City plant this year.

Toyota Tennessee will invest $36 million to upgrade equipment to build new four-cylinder engine blocks. The plant has the capacity to produce more than 2 million engine blocks per year and represents an investment of 425 million dollars.

This investment is being made to advance the company’s commitment to vehicle electrification at four of its US manufacturing plants that build the heart of new Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The new investment supports production of four-cylinder engines, including options for hybrid electric vehicles, also in its Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri.

“Toyota customers want fuel-efficient and electrified vehicles,” said Norm Bafunno, senior vice president, Unit Manufacturing and Engineering, Toyota. “These investments allow us to meet customer needs and respond quickly to a changing market. We are committed to investing in the United States and our teams are ready to take up this new challenge.

Here is an overview of other investments:

  • Huntsville, Alabama, $222 million: Toyota Alabama will create a new four-cylinder production line with the capability to produce engines for combustion electric and hybrid powertrains. Additionally, the facility will expand its footprint to 114,000 square feet, marking the plant’s sixth expansion since 2003. Toyota Alabama has the capacity to build 900,000 engines per year and represents an investment of nearly $1.5 billion dollars.
  • Georgetown, Kentucky, $16 million: Toyota Kentucky is expanding the flexibility of the four-cylinder engine lineup announced last fall, which will better position the plant to meet customer demand. The plant’s powertrain facility can produce up to 600,000 units per year. Toyota Kentucky is the company’s largest plant in the world, producing seven Toyota and Lexus models, as well as four- and six-cylinder powertrains. In total, the plant represents an investment of 8.5 billion dollars.
  • Troy, Missouri, $109 million: Toyota Missouri’s investment provides new equipment to build four-cylinder engine heads on three production lines. The plant has the capacity to build more than 3 million cylinder heads per year and represents an investment of 564 million dollars.
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