WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, joined by Steve Roberts, President of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and Doug Shields, General Manager of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia (TMMWV), announced the company is investing $90 million in its Buffalo, W.Va. plant and creating about 80 jobs. Gov. Tomblin issued the following statement regarding the announcement he made during a special visit to the Chamber's 77th Annual Meeting and Business Summit held at The Greenbrier.
"This announcement is a true example of what I spoke about Wednesday-West Virginia's great story of investment and opportunity for our people and you-our businesses. In just two years' time, TMMWV team members will increase production from half-a-million transmissions to 740,000 transmissions each year. It's a huge undertaking, but I know they will rise to the challenge," Gov. Tomblin said. "TMMWV team members' hard work, the quality product they produce, and our state's commitment to creating a business climate that encourages the private sector to create jobs, led to this latest job growth and investment decision. I'm thankful for Toyota's continued faith in our work force."
"Once again, Toyota is proving to be one of West Virginia's biggest boosters and economic success stories, and I never miss a chance to brag on the fantastic team members who make up its Buffalo plant," said Senator Jay Rockefeller, who in May hosted Toyota Honorary Chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America CEO Jim Lentz at a dinner in Rockefeller's home in Charleston, and pressed both to add jobs at Buffalo. "When I first visited with Toyota officials more than 30 years ago, I promised their investment in West Virginia would be met with the hardest and most dedicated workforce. Today's announcement validates that promise, and I thank Toyota for their ongoing support of our state."
This investment makes the eighth expansion of the Putnam County facility since it opened back in 1996. TMMWV will increase 6-speed automatic transmission assembly and machining by 20,000 per month by early 2015. Currently 1,300 people are employed at the Buffalo plant.
Amy Shuler Goodwin