2021 is going to be a banner year for Alabama’s auto industry, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.
In a recent story published on the Department’s Made in Alabama website, the state estimates the industry will add more than 6000 new jobs in the coming months.
“Automakers are in the midst of major new construction and expansions, including the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Huntsville and the electric vehicle manufacturing operation for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa and Bibb counties.” ~ Made in Alabama
Based on public announcements tracked by the Alabama Department of Commerce, in 2020, new and expanding auto industry projects topped 1,900 jobs and $1.1 billion in investment.
Fun Fact: 15 Different Models
In 2021, Alabama’s auto plants will produce a mix of 15 different models, up from 11 last year.
Recently, the redesigned Hyundai Elantra sedan, which is assembled at the company’s Montgomery factory, was recognized as the 2021 North American Car of the Year.
Alabama is now home to two national champions, one in car manufacturing and in college football.
And let’s not forget the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama plant in Talladega County.
Workers there are redesigning and building the 2021 Ridgeline, which is expected to arrive on dealer lots next month.
Mazda Toyota Era Begins
By the end of 2021, Alabama will add Mazda Toyota Manufacturing to its galaxy of auto companies. The $2.3 billion Huntsville facility is projected to ultimately employ 4,000 workers.
In total, more than 6000 new jobs are slated for 2021 in Alabama’s automotive industry and more in the 2022 planning stage. Despite a global pandemic, the future looks bright.