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Toyota Alabama engine plant sets new production record

Huntsville’s Toyota Manufacturing Alabama engine plant has set a new facility record for most engines assembled in a single year — and that figure is expected to grow.

The company announced the plant produced 770,000 engines in 2023 alone. At maximum production, the facility could manufacture as many as 900,000.

“Toyota Alabama supplies over one-third of all engines for Toyota’s North American operations,” said Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama. “Every line at Toyota Alabama assembles engines for both hybrid and combustion vehicles.”

Puckett gave credit to the facility’s employees for the success.

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“It’s our 2,000 team members and their skills that have paved the way for this plant to play a critical role in Toyota’s electrified future.”

The 1.3 million-square-foot facility has four assembly lines that produce four-cylinder + HEV engines, 2.4 turbo + HEV engines, and twin-turbo VS + HEV engines which are found in RAV4, Corolla, Corolla Cross, Highlander, Sienna, Tundra, and Sequoia vehicles. It is also the only Toyota plant in the world to build four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines under one roof, and it is the only plant in North America that builds the Twin Turbo V-6 engine.

The Rocket City plant is one of Toyota’s two designated model sustainable plants in North America with zero landfills. At full output the facility employs around 4,000.

TMMAL has undertaken eight major investment projects worth nearly $1.5 billion. The most recent was a $222 million investment made in April 2022 to expand the facility by 114,000 square feet and create a new four-cylinder production line that has the capacity to build engines for combustion and hybrid electric powertrains.

The 2022 expansion was the sixth for the plant.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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