West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Tomblin Announces $2.9 million direct investment in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by Sandy Ring, Vice President and General Counsel of Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Steve Stalnaker, Vice President and Plant Manager of Hino Motors Manufacturing USA West Virginia, representatives of Senators Rockefeller and Manchin, along with Hino Motors employees and state and local officials, today announced a $2.9 million direct investment in West Virginia.

"When I became your governor, I promised to go anywhere to bring jobs to West Virginia. And, earlier this month I traveled to Japan to do just that. The trade mission was a success and I'm proud to announce, Hino Motors will make a $2.9 million direct investment in West Virginia," said Gov. Tomblin. "This announcement represents more than new jobs, it represents a strong business relationship and confidence in West Virginia."

Hino Motors will invest a total of nearly $6 million in direct and indirect investments supporting the Williamstown, W.Va. plant. Of which $2.9 million will be directly invested in Williamstown for machinery, equipment and plant improvements. Approximately $3 million will be indirectly invested to purchase "tooling" that will be located at suppliers outside of W.Va. The "tooling" is integral to the production of parts which are necessary to support increased truck production assembly in Williamstown.

"Our continued investment in Williamstown demonstrates our commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley and the State of West Virginia. Hino has great partners in Governor Tomblin, Senators Rockefeller and Manchin, and Mayor Ford, among others. We look forward to long term growth in Williamstown," said Sumio Fukaya, Chairman of Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.

The facility currently employs approximately 140 permanent full-time employees and expects to create an additional 20 permanent full-time positions by Jan. 1, 2013.

"I am thrilled that Hino remains so committed to West Virginia. Hino's $6 million investment in its Williamstown plant - and the 20 new jobs that could result - is great news not only for Wood County, but for all of West Virginia," said Senator Rockefeller, who was instrumental in recruiting Hino to West Virginia. "Hino is a world-class company, and I'm happy to have had a hand over the years in bringing them to West Virginia."

"West Virginians have demonstrated again and again that they are the hardest workers in the world," Senator Manchin said. "By expanding its assembly plant and investing millions in our state, Hino is continuing to create more good jobs, proving that our workers can compete with anyone in the world - and showing that West Virginia is a great place to do business. About five years ago, I was proud and honored to lead the team that brought Hino to our state, and I'm proud of Governor Tomblin's work to continue to expand our relationship. I'm also proud Hino is thriving in our state and I predict we'll see nothing but bigger and better things in the years to come."

Hino Motors, a major worldwide truck manufacturer, established its assembly plant in Williamstown, W.Va. in 2007. This Wood County plant, which assembles Class 6 and 7 medium duty trucks, produced between 2 and 10 trucks per day in its first year. Since then, production has grown exponentially. The plant is currently producing up to 37 trucks each day.

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