Alabama’s auto industry is poised for a stellar year in 2021, with plans to add thousands of new jobs along with highly-anticipated new products as companies deepen their roots in communities across the state.
Automakers are in the midst of major new construction and expansions, including the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Huntsville and the electric vehicle manufacturing operation for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa and Bibb counties.
The Alabama Department of Commerce estimates the state industry will add more than 6,000 jobs in the coming months, as recent years’ project announcements materialize. Last year alone, new and expanding auto industry projects topped 2,600 jobs and $1.6 billion in investment, based on Commerce data.
Production lineups are expanding, too. In 2021, Alabama’s auto plants will produce a mix of 15 different models, up from 11 last year.