Indiana reportedly won’t be the location of a new Toyota-Mazda plant slated for construction in the U.S. in the next few years.
The South Bend Tribune reports economic development officials in St. Joseph County announced this week that Indiana had been dropped from consideration.
They’d hoped to land the $1.6-billion project and its 4,000 jobs at a site near New Carlisle. The project will reportedly fill at least 1,000 acres.
But officials reportedly say Toyota was concerned about Indiana’s extremely low unemployment rate, and about competing for workers with its two existing Hoosier plants in Columbus and Princeton.
Toyota and Mazda officials haven’t offered many official details about the site selection process for the facility. They expect to choose a location early next year.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the companies’ short list in August. It said they were looking at Indiana and a few other Midwestern states, plus several in the South and Southeast.
That Journal report said the Southeast and its business-friendly labor laws could be preferable. The St. Joseph County officials told the South Bend Tribune that Toyota was down to three Southern finalists, but they didn’t know which ones.