9-2-13 Toyota investing $90M in W.Va. plant

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Toyota is investing $90 million in its Buffalo manufacturing plant.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Friday the automaker’s investment will create about 80 jobs.

Tomblin says Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Inc. plans to increase production of 6-speed automatic transmissions by 20,000 per month by early 2015. The transmissions are produced for the Avalon, Camry, Lexus RX350, Sienna and Venza.

It marks the eighth expansion of the 1,300-employee facility since it opened in 1996.

Tomblin made the announcement at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at The Greenbrier resort.

“This announcement is a true example of … West Virginia’s great story of investment and opportunity for our people and you, our businesses,” Tomblin said. “(Toyota Motor Manufacturing) 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. I’m thankful for Toyota’s continued faith in our work force.” plans to increase production of 6-speed automatic transmissions by 20,000 per month by early 2015. The transmissions are produced for the Avalon, Camry, Lexus RX350, Sienna and Venza.

It marks the eighth expansion of the 1,300-employee facility since it opened in 1996.

Tomblin made the announcement at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at The Greenbrier resort.

“This announcement is a true example of … West Virginia’s great story of investment and opportunity for our people and you, our businesses,” Tomblin said. “(Toyota Motor Manufacturing) 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. I’m thankful for Toyota’s continued faith in our work force.”

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