HUNTSVILLE, AL—The highly anticipated $1.6 billion Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) plant is well on its way to being complete. Concrete is being poured and pipes are being installed on the 2,400-acre campus.

“Sixty percent of the membrane roofing is complete, and the concrete floors are about 40 percent complete. We have our fire protection piping at about 60 percent complete and underground utility piping is 75 percent complete,” says Toni Eberhart, MTM corporate communications specialist.

Eberhart says four suppliers have announced plans to move into the area.

“There will be a number of on-site suppliers and near-site suppliers for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing and the investments in total from those suppliers will be $440 million and an excess of an additional 1,000 jobs,” she says.

That’s on top of the up to 4,000 jobs that could be at the plant. While some positions have been filled, thousands are still open and the company will begin the hiring process for manufacturing positions in January.

The plant is preparing to begin production in the spring of 2021. At this time, the company does not have an exact date for when it will officially open.