Toyota will boost capacity at its Bodine Aluminum casting plants in Troy, Mo., and Jackson, Tenn. The overall investment at the two facilities, which provide four-cylinder heads and blocks, will total $25 million and add up to 60 new jobs. The move is a direct result of Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s decision to expand its plant in Huntsville, Ala., to produce four-cylinder engines. The planned expansion, which requires an investment of $147 million and at least 240 new employees, will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (TMMAL) to produce 216,000 four-cylinder engines a year. The engines will be used for Camry and RAV4 vehicles. Production is scheduled to start by the summer of 2011.
According to Toyota, the engines for RAV4s and Camrys are currently imported from Japan and assembled at its Cambridge, Ontario, plant (RAV4) and Lafayette, Ind. (Camry). TMMAL, which has been in operation since 2004, currently produces 145,000 V6 engines and 216,000 V8 engines annually.
Toyota to Expand Casting Plants
August 27, 2009