PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Toyota is once again expanding in Putnam County, this time creating dozens of new jobs.
Toyota made the announcement public Friday morning at the West Virginia Business Summit at the Greenbrier Resort.
According to a news release, the company plans to increase its 6-speed automatic transmission assembly and machining capacity by 20,000 per month in 2015 at its Buffalo Plant. The expansion will also affect facilities in Missouri and Tennessee. This project is a $102 million investment for the company.
The Toyota plant in Buffalo will see a $90 million boost from this expansion. About 80 jobs will be added at the local facility.
“This capacity increase helps us meet growing North American demand and is a part of our localization strategy to ‘build where we sell,’” said Millie Marshall, TMMWV senior vice president of manufacturing and administration. “This latest investment helps us better serve our North American customers and prepares us for an even brighter future.”
The West Virginia plant employs 1,300 people and builds 6-speed transmissions for the Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Lexus RX350, Sienna and Venza.
“Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia has been a dedicated corporate citizen for more than 15 years, and with today’s announcement has expanded eight times since first opening.
This continued growth is a testament to the hard-working Toyota team members who have committed themselves to producing quality powertrain at the Buffalo plant,” said West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. “The company’s continued investment in the Mountain State is also a testament to the business climate we’ve worked hard to create – one that encourages companies
to expand, innovate, and create new jobs. On behalf of all West Virginians, I thank Toyota for the company’s continued confidence in our workforce.”
According to a news release, this latest expansion is Toyota's eleventh manufacturing investment in North America over the past 21 months and represents 4,000 jobs created.