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On Wednesday afternoon, the Limestone County Economic Development Association (LCEDA) issued a statement congratulating its partners with the Toyota-Mazda recruitment team after state and local officials announced the company’s decision to locate in Limestone County.
The team consisted of the State of Alabama, City of Huntsville, Limestone County Commission, City of Athens, Tennessee Valley Authority, Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, North Alabama Industrial Development Association, Huntsville Utilities, Athens Utilities, and Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority.
Toyota-Mazda will locate on approximately 2,600 acres in the city limits of Huntsville in Limestone County near the Greenbrier community. Toyota-Mazda plans to invest $1.4 billion in the facility and hire 4,000 people as the facility reaches full capacity. The average salary will be $50,000.
“Today is a great day for the State of Alabama and an even better day for the citizens of Huntsville, Athens, Limestone County and all of North Alabama.”, said Tom Hill, president and CEO of the Limestone County Economic Development Association. “The new jobs announced by Toyota-Mazda will be excellent paying jobs further increasing the per capita income of our area and improving the quality of life for many families. We congratulate Toyota-Mazda and look forward to working with the management team during the construction process and beyond.”
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said the region has focused on working together as sister cities and counties to bring jobs to the area.
“Athens is experiencing phenomenal growth, nearly 16 percent in recent years,” Marks said. “With Toyota-Mazda’s investment in Limestone County, the City of Athens and her regional partners will continue to attract families looking for dependable jobs, quality schools and family-friendly activities.”
Limestone County Economic Development Association Board Chairman John Lucius said Toyota-Mazda’s investment of $1.4 billion and 4,000 jobs demonstrates the strength of the Tennessee Valley area’s workforce. Lucius also serves as plant manager for Steelcase in Athens.
“Limestone County and the region have placed emphasis on providing people the opportunity to acquire the skill sets needed to obtain jobs in this market, which ensures our industries have the skilled workforce needed to be successful,” Lucius said.