Baldwin Co. planning strong push to get $1.6 billion auto plant at Megasite

Baldwin County commissioner Tucker Dorsey says the commission is currently working to lobby for the site. (WPMI)

Baldwin County officials are planning to make their case for a $1.6 billion auto plant which would bring thousands of jobs to the area.

County Commissioners say the South Alabama Megasite in Bay Minette would be the ideal candidate for the project and they're putting together a proposal to prove it.

A sign and gate are all that signifies the location of the South Alabama Megasite, a 3,000 acre property along Highway 287 in Bay Minette which is ripe for a large project.

Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said they are hoping to lure in the massive Toyota/Mazda car manufacturing plant now considered for Alabama.

"We've got a good site. We know we have good people here that can produce the product. We've just gotta get that formulated into a package that the company and their executives can see and quantitatively analyze what we have here to offer," said Dorsey.

The site would allow more than enough space and is located only a half mile from I-65, around 23 miles from I-10 and has utility and railroad access.

Alabama is one of 11 states in the running for the plant which was announced last week in a joint project by Toyota and Mazda.

It would be a $1.6 billion investment that could create around 4,000 jobs.

Dorsey says Alabama's chances are high with a healthy investment in the automobile industry and a good relationship with Toyota.

According to Dorsey, it's now important to draw them to our area.

"It's a great opportunity for the entire region. This isn't just a Bay Minette/North Baldwin project. It's from Pensacola all the way through Washington and Mobile counties. It's opportunities for great employment."

Dorsey said a possible decision or announcement could take anywhere between 6 to 8 months.