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New Mazda Plant Honors Huntsville’s Space Legacy

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Mazda and Toyota’s joint venture — a new manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama — found a fun way to pay tribute to its local community. The $1.6 billion-dollar facility is getting two assembly lines with space-themed names — Apollo and Discovery.

Apollo was the NASA program that put 12 American astronauts on the moon, while the space shuttle Discovery set records by flying over than 30 missions. Discovery also played a key role in a number of historic events, including the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. In 1995, it became America’s first spacecraft to be piloted by a woman, astronaut Eileen Collins.

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In a statement, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA Mark Brazeal said, “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. 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.”

Currently, the construction of the plant is running on schedule. Production is set to begin in 2021. Once it’s complete, the Mazda-Toyota plant will bring 4,000 jobs to the area. It will annually produce 150,000 Mazda crossovers and another 150,000 Toyota Corollas.

If you’re looking for a job in the Huntsville area, keep this plant in mind — hiring is currently underway. Job opportunities are broken into three categories: Professional staff; skilled labor, such as maintenance, facilities, tool and die work; and production. You can visit to view current job listings.

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