One of the top contenders for the Toyota-Mazda production plant in north Alabama was Baldwin County's Mega Site.
While the company's $1.6-billion investment in Huntsville is still a win for the State of Alabama, the decision is a big disappointment to Baldwin County officials.
Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott says the ultimate decision came down to Toyota-Mazda's supply chain -- already producing engines in north Alabama.
Elliott says even though it continues to sit vacant, he's still very optimistic about the Mega Site -- more than 3,000 acres in Bay Minette at the corner of Highway 287 and I-65.
"It is prime and ready to go... It is truly a matter of when and not if this site develops," said Elliott.
Elliott says while there are several other projects in the works, he hopes Baldwin County's current supply chain with the aerospace industry will pay off.
"We are already making the carbon fiber parts that hold the engines on the A320. They are potting the engines in Foley. And every engine that goes on an A320 in Mobile is coming out of Foley first so those pieces sections and there is a ton of room for growth as Airbus and Bombardier ramp up production."
Elliott also says, If companies are looking for workforce - Baldwin County is more than ready to meet the demand.
"A site like that which is going to take 4,000 workers is a big drain on the availability and the available workforce and we've got that here in Baldwin County... And will add that year after year," said Elliott.
While they won't be getting the fell swoop of 4,000 jobs that come with Toyota-Mazda's plant, Elliott says it's still worth noting Baldwin County added nearly 4,300 new jobs in 10 months last year.
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