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September 22, 2018
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Toyota manufacturer announces plans to invest to open a plant in West Virginia
(WOUB) - A Toyota owned truck manufacturer announced plans today to invest 8.6 million dollars to open West Virginia's first vehicle assembly plant.

Hino Motor Manufacturing officials plan to hire 80 workers at a facility in Williamstown.

Senator Jay Rockefeller calls it "an enormous boost" for the local economy.

The company will upgrade the former Walker Systems plant. That plant, which employed about 300 workers, closed in 2005.

Governor Manchin's office says Hino plans to begin operations at the 194,000 square foot plant in November and build 2,500 trucks a year there.

Manchin says the Wood County facility will not only be West Virginia's first vehicle assembly plant, but is also Hino Motors'first such plant in the US.

While Hino trucks are big sellers in Japan and Thailand, a statement from the company says it sold only about 6,600 trucks in the United States in fiscal year 2006. The company hopes to sell more than 7,500 in fiscal year 2007.

Japan's Toyota operates an engine and transmission plant in Buffalo, which employs 900 workers.

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