Car dealerships are selling cars at neck-breaking speeds. Now, Toyota is hiring new workers to meet the demand.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently announced Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia (TMMWV) is investing $90 million in its Buffalo plant and creating about 80 jobs.
“West Virginia’s great story of investment and opportunity for our people and you-our businesses. In just two years’ time, TMMWV team members will increase production from half-a-million transmissions to 740,000 transmissions each year. It’s a huge undertaking, but I know they will rise to the challenge,” Tomblin said. “TMMWV team members’ hard work, the quality product they produce, and our state’s commitment to creating a business climate that encourages the private sector to create jobs, led to this latest job growth and investment decision.”
This investment makes the eighth expansion of the Putnam County facility since it opened back in 1996. TMMWV will increase 6-speed automatic transmission assembly and machining by 20,000 per month by early 2015. Currently, 1,300 people are employed at the Buffalo plant.