Mazda Toyota Manufacturing Sets Diversity Spend Target For Construction
If you didn’t already know, construction at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A, Inc. (MTMUS) plant is well underway in Limestone County, Alabama. Plant spokespeople recently announced that the plant aims to have at least 20 percent total diversity spend with certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (MBE/WBE) on plant construction. Keep reading for more information.
Sourcing for construction has grown and includes recent awards to diverse companies. Such companies are Aristeo Construction which is a certified women-owned business enterprise general contractor, as well as Indiana Bridge, which is a minority-owned business and structural steel supplier.
“Every aspect of MTMUS’s business must closely reflect our customers’ diverse backgrounds and experiences, including our team members, suppliers and business partners,” said Mark Brazeal, vice president of administration of MTMUS. “Together with our general contractors and structural steel supplier, we have set an ambitious target that will set the foundation for MTMUS’s future to compete as a world-class manufacturer of vehicles.”
The building of MTMUS is still on schedule. The start of production is expected to being in 2021. There will be up to 4,000 new jobs created. Hiring is currently underway. Back in August of 2017, Toyota and Mazda announced a partnership to create MTMUS. This is a joint venture that will produce 300,000 vehicles annually. There will be more than 2,500 worker on-sire at peak construction. Approximately 70 percent of those workers will be from Alabama.
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Plant construction highlights include:
- Standing at attention! The placement of 1,600 steel beams. If stacked upright, that would stretch 80,000 feet into space, or approximately 15 miles, more than double the altitude of commercial aircraft
- The plant of steel. The use of 26,000 tons of total steel, equal to 52,000,000 lbs., or approximately 10,400,000 average sized red bricks.
- Go deep and keep running! With 3.1 million square feet under its roof, MTMUS can fit 65 football fields