Toyota Boshoku to build new manufacturing facility in Athens, Alabama

Apr 12, 2019   Tier Suppliers

Representatives of Toyota Boshoku America were joined by Governor Kay Ivey and local leaders in Limestone County to announce that the global automotive supplier's plans to invest over $50 million to open a manufacturing facility in Athens, creating a total of around 400 jobs once full production is reached.

The new Alabama factory will produce seat systems for vehicles built at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. (MTMUS), a joint venture assembly plant the automakers are constructing about 30 miles away in Huntsville. Toyota Boshoku is one of the first suppliers to announce plans for an Alabama facility to produce parts for MTMUS, which is expected to assemble its first vehicle in 2021.


“Toyota Boshoku is a premier manufacturer of automotive interior systems and a welcome addition to Alabama’s growing constellation of world-class auto suppliers,” Governor Ivey said. “We look forward to seeing the company put down roots in Athens and know that it will find all the ingredients for success in Sweet Home Alabama.”


“When we began our search for a new site to build our production facility, we looked at many locations.  After an extensive search, we determined that Athens Alabama is the perfect fit.  We are grateful for the assistance from the State of Alabama, the City of Athens and Limestone County to make this project a reality,” said Dr. Shuhei Toyoda of Toyota Boshoku.


The new facility will be located in the Breeding North Industrial Park in Athens. The company is anticipating starting the construction around May 1, 2019. 


The initial phases of construction on the MTMUS began in November 2018 at a 2,500-acre site in Limestone County. The automakers plan to invest $1.6 billion in the Alabama facility, where 4,000 workers will produce 300,000 vehicles annually. 


Toyota Boshoku Corp., a member of the Toyota group of companies, develops and manufactures automotive interior systems and other components. Its founding company, Toyoda Boshoku, was established by the founder of Toyota group, Sakichi Toyoda in 1918. 


Today, Toyota Boshoku has extensive manufacturing operations in Japan and other parts of Asia, as well as Europe and the Americas. Toyota Boshoku America, based in Erlanger, Kentucky, employs more than 11,000 people in 20 locations through the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The company’s US manufacturing sites are in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Kentucky.

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