Gov. Ivey announced that Vuteq USA, a worldwide automotive provider, intends to spend more than $60 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Huntsville to serve the automotive assembly plant Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. (MTMUS).
Vuteq, based in Japan, which has been operating in North America for more than thirty years, will employ about 200 employees for its first manufacturing site in Alabama.
The firm will join an increasing list of providers from Tier 1 who have announced plans to set up regional activities.
“At Vuteq’s choice to open a production plant in Huntsville, the automotive cluster increasing around Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. is getting another important boost. In the United States, Vuteq has created a big manufacturing footprint, and it’s good to see the firm grow that presence to our state. We look forward to working in Sweet Home Alabama with Vuteq and seeing it develop, “Governor Ivey said.
Vuteq USA will generate plastic-injected interior and exterior components and multiple sub-assemblies for Mazda and Toyota at their joint manufacturing plant in Alabama, now under development on a 2,500-acre property in Huntsville’s Limestone County area.”Vuteq USA Inc. is delighted and thrilled to open our next Alabama plant. Our business is grateful for the assistance given by Huntsville City and Alabama State as we start a new chapter, “said Vuteq USA President Kazumasa Watanabe.
Construction research is planned to start at Vuteq’s facility at 7306 Greenbriar Parkway Northwest in October, followed by original manufacturing testing of machinery, moulds and secondary structures.
The start of production is aimed at 2021.
Vuteq USA has started recruiting the first of its workers in Alabama, with full employment planned to be reached in 2021 at the Huntsville plant.
The firm also works for recruiting and coaching assistance with AIDT, the main workforce development agency of the state. This fresh plant will be located close to the Mazda-Toyota assembly plant, which is supposed to start the manufacturing of vehicles by 2021.