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December 18, 2017
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Williamstown, WV plant to benefit from Hino plant closure
(2008-04-17)
(WOUB) - West Virginia will benefit from Hino Motors' decision to close one of it's U.S. assembly plants.

The Toyota subsidiary announced today it will shift production from its Long Beach, California, plant its Williamstown, West Virginia, operation.

Hino opened the West Virginia plant last year and the company says it produced 300 trucks.

The plant has the capacity to produce
2,500 trucks a year.

Hino has a third North American plant, in Ontario, Canada, which produced 1,300 trucks over the same span.

By abandoning its California production, Hino's annual production capacity in North America will dip to 4,500 trucks a year, down from 9,500.

The company says the move is necessary because surging oil prices and the U.S. credit crises has hurt demand for its trucks.

Toyota owns more than 50 percent of Hino.
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