One of the first orders of business once Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. (MTMUS) broke ground on their $1.6 billion site was to establish an expectation of a diverse and inclusive culture. Mark Brazeal, MTMUS Administration vice president, and Janette Hostettler, MTMUS Production vice president, are ensuring they’re off to the right start.
“One of the decision points in choosing Huntsville, Alabama, was the diversity of the community and the multicultural makeup of the workforce,” says Janette. “We were intentional. It was important we reflected our commitment to diversity.”
Establishing this joint venture, in itself, is a demonstration of Toyota’s commitment to embracing innovative ideas from all perspectives. It also reinforces building inclusive environments that value and celebrate differences while building on connections.
While Mazda and Toyota each have their own rich history and culture, they share a bond — their pride in manufacturing. This mutual dedication to quality serves as one of many foundational connections. Resources like business partnering groups (BPGs), community outreach activities and mentoring opportunities will all contribute to building on that foundation, cultivating a place where people can learn, grow and give back to the community.
“BPGs are an incredible way to network, leverage the passion of various backgrounds and also use the group as a means of career development,” explains Janette. “Plus, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S. is big on being part of the community. We like to move people — both physically and in their heart.”
Together, MTMUS team members are going places, together. This is just the beginning of many opportunities to explore new ways to collaborate, work together and make a difference.