BUFFALO, WV (WOWK) – Toyota announced they are investing $111,000,000 in West Virginia, which will bring 123 more jobs to the Buffalo plant.
They made the announcement at their news conference at 11 AM on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at the plant in Buffalo, WV.
West Virginia Commerce Secretary, Ed Gaunch said, “I think it should give people hope and excitement about what can happen in West Virginia. Just to see what Toyota’s doing and how they’re growing here. Other companies can do the same thing.”
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said, “attracting a talented and highly skilled workforce is of great importance to companies like Toyota, and I look forward to having them, and more than 230 other employers, represented at our upcoming job fair on Friday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.”
The Buffalo plant is one of five other manufacturing plants that will undergo production capacity increase and facility expansion.
Today’s announcement is part of Toyota USA’s 5-year $13 billion investment commitment.
They are focusing to expand hybrid vehicle production in the U.S. and through that $111 million allotment, the Buffalo plant will be responsible for producing and supplying transmission technology – the hybrid transaxle.
President of Toyota Motors West Virginia, Leah Curry said, “basically our team members are really the core of what we do. The skills that they have, the on-going learning, continuous improvement, they’ve shown that West Virginia Toyota manufacturing is one of the best power-trained providers and they are looking at us to be able to give us new technology, because they know our team members are very skilled at making these transmissions.”
“Doubling our production of hybrid transaxles in West Virginia solidifies our facility’s role in producing next-generation engines and transmissions that will drive the future of Toyota’s advanced mobility technology.”
“In West Virginia, Toyota represents more than just good jobs. It’s a company committed to improving our economy and investing in our workforce. Today’s announcement further cements the strong community partnership Toyota has in our state,” said U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).
“I commend Leah Curry and the entire team at the Buffalo facility. I couldn’t be prouder of the work they do or more excited that Toyota is expanding their next generation hybrid transaxle production capabilities in our state. Long-term investments in West Virginia, by companies like Toyota, will continue to benefit our state’s economy, communities, and her people,” Senator Manchin said.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. announced a $238 million investment to add production of two models at the Georgetown plant; the Lexus ES Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid.
Other Toyota plants that received investments include Huntsville, Alabama receiving $288 million, Troy, Missouri receiving $62 million and Jackson, Tennessee receiving $50 million.