Mazda Toyota’s Nod to Huntsville History
Huntsville, Alabama has a long history with the United States space program. As a tribute, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (MTMUS) will name its two production lines Apollo and Discovery, respectively. How awesome is that? Keep reading for more information.
Proud to Honor History
“Thanks to our team members’ creativity and innovative thinking, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing is proud to name our two future assembly lines Apollo and Discovery in a nod to our city’s heritage as the birthplace of our nation’s space program,” said Mark Brazeal, vice president for administration at MTM. “The scores of brilliant men and women who worked tirelessly to further mankind’s progress and exploration into the unknown gives our team motivation to add to the Rocket City’s history as a producer of world-class vehicles.”
Apollo was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) program that lead to twelve American astronauts, like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walking on the moon. The Space Shuttle Discovery completed thirty-nine successful mission. It exceeded the number of flights made by any other orbiter in the NASA fleet. Did you know that Discovery also launched the Hubble Space telescope into orbit? Discovery was also the very first American Spacecraft piloted by a woman, Eileen Collins.
Still on Schedule
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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