Hino Motors to invest, create jobs at Williamstown plant, Williamstown, West Virginia
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by Sandy Ring, Vice President and General Counsel of Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Steve Stalnaker, Vice President and Plant Manager of Hino Motors Manufacturing USA West Virginia, representatives of Senators Rockefeller and Manchin, along with Hino Motors employees and state and local officials, and announced a $2.9 million direct investment in West Virginia.
Hino Motors will invest a total of nearly $6 million in direct and indirect investments supporting the Williamstown, W.Va. plant. Of which $2.9 million will be directly invested in Williamstown for 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.
Hino Motors, a major worldwide truck manufacturer, established its assembly plant in Williamstown, W.Va. in 2007. This Wood County plant, which assembles Class 6 and 7 medium duty trucks, produced between 2 and 10 trucks per day in its first year. Since then, production has grown exponentially. The plant is currently producing up to 37 trucks each day.