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Toyota Alabama starts new engine line

Toyota Alabama announced the completion of a $222 million investment project with the start of production for its i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbo engine line at Toyota Alabama’s Huntsville location.

“The completion of the i-Force 2.4-liter turbo engine line marks a significant milestone for Toyota Alabama and further supports job stability for our 2,000 employees,” Toyota Alabama President Jason Puckett said in a recent press release.

The i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbo engine carries a total of $1.5 billion to Toyota Alabama’s investment and is their sixth building expansion. 

“Toyota Alabama has an extensive track record of success and we’re proud of the workforce in Huntsville that has helped make all of that possible,” said Ellen McNair, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “In addition, Toyota is a great community supporter and a crown jewel in Huntsville’s dynamic economy.” 

Producing one-third of Toyota engines across the United States, in 2023, the plant achieved record numbers in assembling over 777,000 engines servicing North America.

“Now, with Tacoma offering a hybrid option, every line at our plant includes engines for hybrid vehicles,” Puckett said. “It’s our team and their skills that have paved the way for this plant to play a crucial role in Toyota’s efficient and electrified future.” 

The Huntsville plant assembles four and six-cylinder engines for the Corolla Cross, Tundra, Sequoia, Corolla, Tacoma, Highlander, Sienna and RAV4. 

Toyota emphasized the new engine lines contributed to their values of long-term employment and success of its operational communities. Last year, Toyota announced a $49 million solar array, in collaboration with Huntsville Utilities and Toyota Tsusho, supplying more than 70% of Toyota Alabama’s power. Additionally, announcing $6.7 million in grants for Huntsville City Schools for students’ futures in science, technology, engineering and math. 

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