San Antonio Will Bid For Toyota-Mazda Car Plant

The City of San Antonio will make a play to attract the $1.6 billion car plant being built in the U.S. by a joint venture of Toyota and Mazda, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"Toyota is an important asset to our community, and we are seeking consideration for the plant," Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.

The decision in 2003 by Toyota to build it's largest truck plant in the United States in San Antonio was the turning point in the evolution of San Antonio from a low wage tourism and military based economy to the manufacturing, tech and health care powerhouse of today, attracting tens of thousands of job seekers per year with wages which are, in many cases, higher than the national average.

Toyota and its suppliers now employ more than 7,000 people.

Toyota and Mazda announced on Friday plans to build  a $1.6 billion plant in the U.S. to build the next generation of cars, including electric vehicles.

"We know the competition to build this plant will be fierce" Nirenberg said. "Still, this team has been successful before, and we look forward to the challenge."

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