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Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing Huntsville plant unveils Alabama-built Toyota Corolla Cross

This comes more than two years since ground was broken on the manufacturing plant.

Posted: Sep 30, 2021 10:50 AM
Updated: Sep 30, 2021 9:00 PM

Production of the Toyota Corolla Cross officially is underway at the Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing USA plant in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County.

The company debuted the vehicle, set to be exclusively built in Alabama, on Thursday. More than 2,000 team members joined MTM in celebrating the start of production. 

Toyota Corolla Cross unveiled at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing Huntsville plant (Alexis Scott photo)

"This is the moment MTM and our North Alabama community have waited for since we broke ground in November 2018," said Mark Brazeal, vice president of administration. "We are excited to see Corolla Cross in dealerships across the U.S."

MTM is currently hiring more than 1,700 additional employees to join its workforce, hoping to reach 4,000 once production is in full operation next year. MTM is a first-of-its-kind, joint-venture partnership between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation, and the Huntsville plant is preparing to also produce a yet-to-be-announced Mazda vehicle.

"I'm so proud of our team members, and I'm excited to continue our hiring plan to add to our MTM family," said Janette Hostettler, vice president of production. "Our team members exhibit a true commitment to safety and quality, and it is a big day for them to watch the Corolla Cross drive off our line, ready to be shipped."

According to MTM, 2,500 employees had a hand in producing the first 2022 Corolla Cross, and Hostettler said the plan is to produce 150,000 each year. They were trained in Madison and Limestone counties, though some received training overseas in Japan. 

MTM said it takes pride in have a diverse team and accepting employees from across the U.S., including Kenyahtah Graham.

"When I first came on line, my manager said, 'I want you up here. You're going to be the first woman up here,'" Graham said. "He gave me a speech about how this is a big thing. ... It doesn't matter that I'm a woman, they're like, 'I want you to shine more than I do,' and that's how it is with all of my team members. We all support each other."

Individuals interested in applying for a position with MTM can click here for more information.

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