Indiana out of running for Toyota-Mazda plant, officials say

Economic development officials say Indiana is no longer on the list of states possibly being considered for Toyota and Mazda's new auto assembly plant.

Officials in St. Joseph County had hoped to lure the plant to an area east of New Carlisle. The county's economic development director, Bill Schalliol, told the South Bend Tribune that he recently learned Indiana had been cut from Toyota's short list.

Toyota and Mazda are not commenting on the site-selection process, including which states are still in the running.

Schalliol said there were "some concerns from Toyota on some complicating workforce issues," including existing projects.

Kai Chuck, automotive division director for the Indiana Economic Development Corp., said the process could still be beneficial for future attempts to add Toyota facilities.

Toyota and Mazda announced in August that they planned to spend $1.6 billion on a U.S. plant that would employ up to 4,000 workers.

The plant will have an annual production capacity of about 300,000 vehicles, and will produce Toyota Corollas for the North American market. Mazda will make cross-over models there that it plans to introduce to that market, the companies said.

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