THE Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Buffalo, West Virginia, has done it again.
The plant announced last week that it will conduct a $90 million expansion and add 80 jobs at the Putnam County site.
The plant's expansion will boost its overall production capacity from 500,000 to 740,000 transmissions per year.
This is the eighth expansion since Toyota first built the plant and began manufacturing transmissions in 1998. Now the plant employs 1,300, with a total investment from the Japanese-based automobile manufacturer of $1.4 billion.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller credited Toyota, it's team members and an improving West Virginia business climate for the growth.
A Toyota official said the expansion is part of the company's continued localization strategy to "build where we sell."
Thanks to Toyota for recognizing the gem it has in the Buffalo plant and congratulations to the plant's employees who prove time and again the quality of a West Virginia workforce. And congrats to the state's elected leaders who are helping to draw increased business investment.
May the state continue to improve its business climate to draw more expansions of existing businesses as well as create policies that inspire and reward grass-roots business creation and growth.