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Toyota celebrates 25 years in West Virginia


One of West Virginia’s largest private manufacturing facilities celebrated a major milestone over the weekend. Saturday marked 25 years since the Toyota plant opened in Buffalo, West Virginia.

Initially the plant made only four cylinder engines, but over time grew in capacity to produce four and six cylinder engines as well as automatic transmissions and now hybrid trans-axles. The plant has expanded multiple times and now employs more than 2,000 people.

“Probably, they did guess the expansion would come, but as we continued to excel in key performance indicators a lot of people at the headquarters in Japan and in North America recognized the value of the company here in Buffalo, West Virginia and we continued to expand,” said Sirini Matam, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia.