Industry Today Volume 23 Issue 3

ENTED TION uilding a factory from the ground up is a complicated undertaking, made even more so during a pan- demic. “We’ve faced a number of tremen- dous challenges,” notes Mark Brazeal, Vice President of Administration for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM), regarding the joint venture’s construction of a $2.3 billion facility in Huntsville, Ala. expected to be operational sometime in 2021. “I’m very proud of all the teamwork, both within the company as well as in working with state and local agencies, that has enabled us to move forward during unprec- edented conditions.” While Toyota has an engine assembly plant in Huntsville, Brazeal notes that MTM B INDUSTRY TODAY 51 MAZDA TOYOTA MANUFACTURING USA | PROFILE