Hino, based in Novi, Michigan, ushered in a new era of manufacturing capability during a recent grand opening ceremony of its new facility in Mineral Wells, West Virginia.
State and local government officials, dealers, customers, suppliers and media took part in a tour of Hino’s 1 million-square-foot facility, a tree planting tradition and a Kagami-Wari ceremony to consummate Hino’s growth commitment to the U.S.
“Hino is committed to building its trucks and products in the market it operates in. We have committed $100 million in capital investment into our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, generating 250 new jobs,” says Hino Motors Ltd. President and CEO, Yoshio Shimo, who attended the event. “Today, I am excited to
announce an additional commitment of $40 million in investment to meet increased demand and product configurations, creating an additional 250 new jobs, totaling 800 team members.”
“Hino has been a tremendous partner to the state of West Virginia since 2007,” stated West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. “With 800 West Virginians planned to be employed by Hino, they continue to be one of West Virginia’s biggest employers. We thank Hino for their continued investment in the great state of West Virginia.”
Hino’s first truck rolled off the assembly line at the new plant in June, where it will continue to assemble all class 6, 7 and 8 conventional trucks, including its newly released class 7 and 8 XL Series. The new facility can produce 15,000 trucks a year on one shift, providing Hino the capacity it needs to continue to grow in the U.S., the company says, adding that it is the fastest growing commercial truck brand in the country in its competitive class.