The Japanese automaker will also offer permanent jobs to 1,400 employees currently working there through Kelly Services, as well as to all future employees.
The factory is expected to begin production in 2025, and it will eventually supply electric vehicles and hybrids built in the region.
Keeping the flow of new Toyotas and Lexuses coming to U.S. dealers amid dozens of simultaneous threats falls to two executives who manage it all the Toyota way.
The $1.3 billion plant will eventually make batteries for as many as 1.2 million hybrid, plug-in hybrid and BEVs per year, the automaker said.
Toyota and Lexus dealers, who have been getting by for months with some of the leanest inventories in history, will see that trickle of vehicles dry up further.
Toyota Motor North America's announced plans to build a battery plant may require the Japanese automaker to build another assembly plant in the U.S.
The former Fiat Chrysler CEO is now dead — his plans of automotive conquest equally so — but the logic that motivated his thinking seven years ago keeps repeating itself over and over.
Toyota's announced a $1.29 billion battery plant in Liberty, N.C., will have capacity for 1.2 million battery packs per year, suggesting more local investment will follow.
Project ETA is aimed at giving Toyota customers who order their vehicles a more precise view of where they are after they roll off the line.