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2018-01-11 11:33

NEW FACTORY: Akio Toyoda, Toyota president, speaks during a press conference on Jan 10, in Montgomery, Ala., where the Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda announced plans to build a huge $1.6-billion joint-venture plant in Huntsville, that will eventually employ about 4000 people. Image: Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP

Montgomery, Alabama - The Latest on the Toyota-Mazda factory: 

A decision by Toyota and Mazda to build a joint factory in Alabama instead of rumoured rival North Carolina is another miss for one of the few Southeast states never to land a modern carmaker.

Top North Carolina economic development officials weren't commenting ahead of Wednesday's expected corporate announcement. But other leaders were confident that North Carolina's history of refusing to offer the biggest tax breaks to lure multinational companies is the right choice.

Plant will be in Alabama ans employ around 4000 people

Republican state Rep. Jeff Collins represents an area around near of the four massive tracts of vacant land assembled to offer huge employers like the Toyota/Mazda plant. He says the state's fiscal conservatism has encouraged substantial hiring by small- and medium-sized businesses that will never make headlines, but generate most employment. 

Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are making an announcement about their new massive joint factory.

In this August 4, 2017, file photo, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, left, and Mazda Motor Corp. President Masamichi Kogai shake hands after a press conference in Tokyo. Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda have picked Alabama as the site of a new $1.6-billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant, a person briefed on the decision said Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

A person briefed says the plant will be in Alabama. The person did not want to be identified because the decision hasn't been made public.

The companies announced Wednesday that there will hold a news conference at 2:00pm Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a 2:00pm news conference about a "major economic development."

The plant will employ about 4000 people and will be built in Limestone County near Huntsville.

Alabama has an existing law that allows economic incentives, such as payroll rebates, for large projects. Additionally, lawmakers from the area on Tuesday proposed additional local tax incentives that appear aimed at the project. The bill would allow local tax abatements for projects with capital investments over $100-million.

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