Hino to lay off temporary workers at Williamstown plant
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. -- Citing weak fourth quarter sales, officials at the Hino Motors Manufacturing USA plant in Williamstown plan to temporarily cut production and lay off some temporary workers later this month.
Company spokesman Sandy Ring confirmed the cutbacks late Monday evening.
"Due to unexpected soft fourth quarter sales, at the end of February, Hino Williamstown will temporarily reduce production volumes to achieve a more optimal inventory level," Ring said in a prepared statement.
Hino is a subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation.
The Williamstown plant is responsible for the assembly of Hino trucks and providing components and service parts for Hino and some Toyota vehicles.
Ring said the cuts will not affect any permanent workers at the plant, which employs more than 100 full-time workers.
Ring said the company expects the production and worker cuts to be temporary. "Hino will continue to monitor this situation closely, and fully expects to return to current production levels in the near term," he said.