LOS ANGELES -- Already home to one Toyota factory, southern Ontario, Canada, is a strong candidate to win the next Toyota assembly plant in North America.
Oxford County developers are assembling a 1,000-acre plot of land outside of the town of Woodstock, located halfway between Detroit and Toronto.
A county source said that negotiations with Toyota are being conducted through Johnston Donald Associates, a property acquisition and development firm in Mississauga, Ontario. A representative for Johnston Donald denied the claim.
Quoting unnamed Toyota executives, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, May 10, that Woodstock is the leading candidate for the plant.
In a March interview, a Toyota official said Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan were all strong U.S. candidates for the plant. But he also said that Canada had a strong candidate as well.
Woodstock already has nearby dual rail access through Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways. Nearby freeways connect to Toronto, Detroit, and Buffalo. The London, Ontario, airport is 30 miles to the south. The plant also would fall outside a newly established greenbelt zone.
New workers can be easily trained by transfers from the Toyota/Lexus plant 30 miles to the north in Cambridge, Ontario.
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