Why the $1.6-billion Toyota-Mazda Factory Is Going to Alabama, Not Texas

A few months ago, Toyota tipped off a scramble among cities and states around the country when it revealed plans to build a factory along with Mazda, the smaller Japanese automaker, which currently has no U.S. plants.The move drew praise from President Donald Trump, who has publicly pushed automakers, including Toyota, to do more of their manufacturing in the U.S. At the time, it was anyone’s guess where Toyota executives would pick for the $1.6 billion investment and the 4,000 new jobs.Recently, the speculation came to an end: Alabama was the winner. The state and the City of Huntsville both kicked in financial incentives totaling more than $700 million to seal the deal.  Continue reading...

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