Winning a contract to supply the Mazda-Toyota assembly plant now under construction in Alabama is having a ripple effect in Ohio.
Topre America, a supplier of ultra-high-strength steel components, is investing $54 million in its Springfield, Ohio, plant for large metal stampings and expanding the plant by 78,000 square feet. The supplier makes parts for Honda and Toyota out of the Ohio plant.
The added investment in Ohio will allow Topre to free up capacity at its plant in Cullman, Ala., that the supplier will use to supply components to the new Mazda-Toyota assembly plant, which comes on line in 2021.
"Our total organization is adjusting some of our product flow," Brad Pepper, Topre senior vice president, said in November. "We were already building some of the Toyota and Honda product out of our Alabama plant. With this new Mazda-Toyota plant locating in Huntsville, Ala., we're pushing some of the work up to Ohio."
The Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA assembly plant has been stirring new supplier investment at sites around northern Alabama and the adjacent southern Tennessee.
The greenfield vehicle plant is a significant addition to U.S. manufacturing. The site will produce up to 150,000 each of a new, unidentified Mazda crossover and an unidentified new Toyota subcompact crossover.
Topre's response of moving business from Alabama to Ohio represents the third time the Springfield operation has expanded since its initial plans were announced in 2016.