Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., Novi, Michigan, held a grand opening ceremony for its new 1,000,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Mineral Wells, West Virginia. The ceremony was attended by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito, Congressman David B. McKinley and local government officials, dealers, customers, suppliers and media. The attendees got a tour of the facility and then participated in a traditional Japanese tree planting and Kagami-Wari ceremony to consummate Hino’s growth commitment to the U.S.
Hino Motors Ltd. President and CEO Yoshio Shimo attended the event and commented, “Hino is committed to building its trucks and products in the market it operates in. We have committed $100 million in capital investment into our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, generating 250 new jobs. Today, I am excited to announce an additional commitment of $40 million in investment to meet increased demand and product configurations creating an additional 250 new jobs totaling 800 team members.”
“Hino has been a tremendous partner to the state of West Virginia since 2007,” stated Governor Justice. “With 800 West Virginians planned to be employed by Hino, they continue to be one of West Virginia’s biggest employers. We thank Hino for their continued investment in the great state of West Virginia.”
The first truck rolled off the assembly line at the new plant in June. Workers at the facility will continue to assemble all of the company's class 6, 7 and 8 conventional trucks, including the newly released class 7 and 8 XL Series. The new facility is said to be capable of producing 15,000 trucks a year, providing the capacity the company needs to continue to grow in the U.S.