Alabama 1 of 2 states in running to land Toyota, Mazda plant

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North Carolina is a finalist to be home to a Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. joint vehicle factory worth $1.6 billion, Bloomberg reports.

About three and a half months ago came the news that Toyota and Mazda are preparing to build a joint plant in the territory of the United States, but the location of production facilities has not yet been voiced.

Both Toyota and Mazda declined to comment to Bloomberg about the claims.

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Tennessee, Texas, and SC were among the more than dozen states linked to the factory. Chairman Rid Pell said he hopes the land will be a draw for the potential plant.

By the time the plant opens in 2021, parts suppliers and other support operations would likely set up shop nearby, bringing more jobs. North Carolina, home to the tech triangle, does not now host an automotive plant. Jim Crawford, chairman of the Chatham County Commission, on Tuesday night said that the sites near Siler City and Moncure are no longer in the running for the plant, but they have submitted a bid for the new Amazon headquarters.

It was believed following the initial announcement Toyota would build the plant relatively close to its Mississippi Corolla plant, and the company already makes engines at its Alabama manufacturing plant in Huntsville. MS was also seen as an early contender for the plant. Mazda, which imports all the models it sells in the US, plans to produce crossovers alongside Toyota Corolla compact cars at the new plant.

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