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YKTA Breaks Ground on New Automotive Manufacturing Facility in Alabama

YKTA Breaks Ground on New Automotive Manufacturing Facility in Alabama

Y-tec Keylex Toyotetsu Alabama (YKTA), a newly formed automotive company, today broke ground on a new auto parts manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The 651,000 s.f.  facility is being built on-site at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. assembly plant currently under construction and will include areas for stamping, welding, assembly and paint to produce automotive parts.

 “We are proud to call Alabama our home and celebrate our commitment to North Alabama as our community” said President Ryuji Fujimoto.  “We are pleased to partner with Gray Construction to commence building.”

Key individuals "turn the dirt" for the new manufacturing facility

Gray Construction was selected to design and build the greenfield facility. The turnkey project will involve 110,000 cubic yards of dirt being moved, over 22,000 cubic yards of concrete poured and nearly 3,000 tons of steel put in place.

“With our relationship with Toyotetsu running close to 25 years, we couldn’t be happier to be part of this new venture project,” said Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction. “We look forward to seeing the tremendous impact this project will have on the region and the automotive industry.”

During peak construction, some 200 local jobs will be on site. YKTA will create some 650 new jobs and is expected to be operational in spring 2021.

The groundbreaking ceremony included an official “turning of the dirt” with special remarks from Alabama Governor Kay Ivey; Tommy Battle, mayor of Huntsville; Jason Black, Limestone County Commissioner; Ryuji Fujimoto, president of YKTA. Guests consisted of local government officials, partners, team members and friends.

About YKTA

Y-tec Keylex Toyotetsu Alabama (YKTA) is a joint venture of three very successful companies. The new entity will begin making company history in Huntsville, Alabama as an on-site/tier one supplier for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, USA (MTMUSA) set for production in early 2021.

About Gray Construction

Gray Construction is a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with nearly 60 years of experience in automotive, manufacturing, food and beverage, distribution and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are under way or recently completed including: a Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility in Vance, Ala., as well as a new global logistics parts consolidation center (PCC) for Mercedes-Benz in Woodstock, Ala.; a new plastic injection molding facility for MöllerTech in Woodstock, Ala.; a foundry and mechanical machining building for Fritz Winter North America LP in Franklin, Ky.; and a new paint shop for Volvo Car US Operations Inc. in Ridgeville, S.C.

If you have automotive plant construction needs, please contact Jeff Bischoff, executive vice president, business development at jbischoff@gray.com.

For more information, visit https://www.gray.com.