Hino Motors to Lay Off Temporary Workers at W.Va. Plant

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/5/13 @ 8:45 a.m.
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Hino Motors Manufacturing USA plans to cut production at its Williamstown plant and lay off temporary workers.

Hino spokesman Sandy Ring says the cuts are due to unexpected soft sales in the fourth quarter.

Ring says the number of layoffs hasn't yet been determined.

The cuts are expected to occur at the end of the month.

Permanent workers won't be affected.

Ring says the company expects to resume full production "in the near term."

UPDATE 6/20/12
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Japanese truck maker Hino Motors Manufacturing plans to add 20 jobs and spend nearly $3 million to expand its West Virginia truck assembly plant.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin planned to announce the new investment Wednesday at the Wood County facility with company officials and representatives of U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin. They helped bring Hino to West Virginia.

The Williamstown operation employs about 140 workers full-time. Tomblin said Hino will add 20 full-time jobs there by 2013.

The governor said the company has pledged to spend an additional $3 million with outside parts suppliers to support the Williamstown expansion.

The announcement follows Tomblin's 10-day trade mission to Japan. Tomblin said the trip included private meetings with senior executives at Hino and other Japanese firms that employ West Virginians.

UPDATE 9/23/11
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is preparing to resume full production at its West Virginia plant following a cutback caused by a parts shortage.

Sandy Ring with Hino's home office in Michigan says the Williamstown plant has returned to a five-day work week with three days of production.

Ring says that production will increase to four days a week in October and then five days in November.

Hino cut the plant's production and work week after the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan created a parts shortage.

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is cutting production at its West Virginia truck plant again because of a parts shortage created by the March disasters in Japan.
Hino cut production at the Williamstown plant to four-day weeks in April.

Sandy Ring with Hino's home office in Michigan tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that production will be reduced to three days beginning next week.

Full-time and part-time employees will continue to work four days a week.

Hino's parent company, Toyota Motor Corp., has cut its U.S. production by two-thirds because of the parts shortage. Honda Motor Corp. has reduced production at 10 of its U.S. and Canadian plants. Both have said they aren't laying off workers.

UPDATE 10/16/2009
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Hino trucks manufactured in West Virginia have joined the state Department of Transportation's fleet.

Hino Motors Manufacturing USA Inc. has a contract to produce about 120 heavy-duty maintenance trucks for the state. Hino made its first delivery on Friday at a ceremony at the company's plant in Williamstown, where the trucks are manufactured.

The trucks are modified with dump bodies, snow plows and other equipment to handle a variety of maintenance duties.

Hino converted the former industrial plant into a truck assembly line. The company opened the plant in July 2007 and now produces about 2,500 trucks a year at the Wood County facility.

UPDATE 8/21/09
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia-made Hino trucks will soon become part of the state Division of Highways' road maintenance fleet.

Gov. Joe Manchin says the state will purchase 40 heavy-duty single-axle dump trucks that will be built at Hino Motors Manufacturing USA's truck plant in Williamstown.

Hino converted the former industrial plant into a truck assembly line. The company opened the plant in July 2007 and now produces about 2,500 trucks a year at the Wood County facility.

DOH spokesman Brent Walker says the trucks will cost $104,257 apiece, or about $4.2 million.


Senator Jay Rockefeller, who was instrumental in bringing Hino Motors to West Virginia, today congratulated the company on the official grand opening of its new assembly plant in Wood County. Rockefeller hosted a dinner for Hino officials last evening in Parkersburg and was scheduled to speak at today’s event, but returned to Washington to work on the financial rescue plan.

“It was a proud day for Wood County and our entire state when Hino announced it was opening a facility here last year. Since that time, production has ramped up and approximately 1,000 trucks have rolled off the assembly line, and the hard working employees continue to impress and amaze every day,” Rockefeller said. “I congratulate Hino on today’s grand opening, and I look forward to watching its success in West Virginia for many years to come.”

Seven years ago, after Hino officials first visited West Virginia for an investment seminar, Rockefeller met with them during a trade mission to Japan. He believed that with the success Toyota was having in Putnam County, West Virginia would be a perfect partner for Hino, and he strongly encouraged them to look to the state when considering places to locate in the United States.

“West Virginians are doing some serious and incredibly impressive work through 20 Japanese companies all across our state,” Rockefeller said. “This means a boost to our economy and good, solid jobs for thousands of West Virginians – including Anthony Frontera, a Team Leader at Hino. I met this young man last March and first heard from him when he returned from his second tour in Iraq. I have to say how thankful I am that Hino was here to give him a good job when he returned home.”

“It took a lot of hard work and tenacity to make this grand opening a reality, but it was worth it – for people like Anthony, for Wood County, and for all of West Virginia. I’m incredibly thankful for Hino placing its trust in our great state,” Rockefeller said. “We won’t let them down.”

UPDATE 7/9/08
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Hino Motors Manufacturing USA. Inc. plans to expand the work force at its Williamstown plant and increase production.

The plant's general manager, Joe Chronley, says the company is hiring 30 people. The plant currently employs about 80 workers.

Chronley says the additional workers are expected to allow the plant to increase production by 20 trucks a week.

UPDATE 11/19/07
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia's first vehicle assembly plant is up and running.

The first truck rolled off the assembly line at Hino Motors manufacturing's Williamstown plant Monday morning.

Plant general manager Joe Chronley says the white truck already has competing purchase offers from the town of Williamstown and the
Wood County Development Authority.

Chronley says the plant currently employs 72 people and will start production at two trucks per day. The goal is to increase that to 20 vehicles per day.

Hino is a subsidiary of the Toyota Group. Toyota currently operates an engine and transmission plant in the Putnam County community of Buffalo.

UPDATE 9/10/07
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If all goes as planned, the new Hino Motors plant in Williamstown should begin full production on November 19th. General Manager Joe Chronley says workers are scheduled to begin tearing down trucks and rebuilding them next week for practice.

Chronley says the practice sessions are scheduled to be converted to the actual assembly line in late October.

The plant employs 75 workers and is expected to assemble 2,500
trucks a year.

Hino is a relatively small player in the American commercial truck market. The company hopes to sell 7,550 trucks in the U.S. in fiscal 2007.

Hino is owned by the Toyota Group.

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Time is running out for anyone wanting to apply for a job at Hino Motors in Williamstown.

The company will stop accepting applications on Tuesday for the new truck assembly plant.

Applications are only being accepted at the West Virginia Workforce office in Parkersburg.

More than 2-thousand people have already applied for a job.

The company plans to hire about 80 people and is scheduled to begin production in November.

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