Hino Motors Manufacturing, a Japan-based truck manufacturer, will invest $2.9 million to expand its Willamstown, West Virginia, assembly plant and add 20 jobs to its workforce of 140 employees.
Each day the firm's Wood County plant, at 1 Hino way and Williams Highway, along the Ohio River in the northwestern part of the state, assembles up to 37 Class 6 and 7 medium duty trucks.
"When I became your governor, I promised to go anywhere to bring jobs to West Virginia. Earlier this month I traveled to Japan to do just that. The trade mission was a success and I'm proud to announce, Hino Motors will make a $2.9 million direct investment in West Virginia," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "This announcement represents more than new jobs, it represents a strong business relationship and confidence in West Virginia."
The Governor added in addition to the firm's $2.9 million investment in machinery, equipment and plant improvements, approximately $3 million will be indirectly invested to purchase "tooling" that will be located at suppliers outside of W.Va. The "tooling" is integral to the production of parts which are necessary to support increased truck production assembly in Williamstown.
"Our continued investment in Williamstown demonstrates our commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley and the State of West Virginia. We look forward to long term growth in Williamstown," said Sumio Fukaya, Chairman of Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.
"I am thrilled that Hino remains so committed to West Virginia. Hino's investment in its Williamstown plant is great news not only for Wood County, but for all of West Virginia," said Senator Jay Rockefeller. "Hino is a world-class company, and I'm happy to have had a hand over the years in bringing them to West Virginia."
"West Virginians have demonstrated again and again that they are the hardest workers in the world," Senator Joe Manchin said. "By expanding its assembly plant and investing millions in our state, Hino is continuing to create more good jobs, proving that our workers can compete with anyone in the world and showing that West Virginia is a great place to do business."