Seat maker to hire 400 workers for Alabama plant

Seat maker to hire 400 workers for Alabama plant

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A company that will make seats for a new car plant in north Alabama will open a more than $50 million factory in Athens.

Gov. Kay Ivey and other officials announced plans on Wednesday for the new plant, which will employ around 400 people eventually.

Toyota Boshoku America will manufacture seat systems for the Mazda Toyota plant that’s under construction in Limestone County. Cars are expected to begin rolling off the assembly line in 2021.

Toyota Boshoku is one of the first companies to announce plans to supply the vehicle factory, which will employ about 4,000 people on a 2,500-acre site.

“Toyota Boshoku is a premier manufacturer of automotive interior systems and a welcome addition to Alabama’s growing constellation of world-class auto suppliers,” Ivey said.

The seat maker is based in Erlanger, Kentucky. A statement says it employs more than 11,000 people at 20 locations in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.