WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. – Hino Motors is rolling out more than two dozen trucks daily off its assembly line in Wood County.
That’s good news for a facility where temporary workers were laid off in January after a not-so-stellar fourth quarter of 2012. But Ring said the plant has added to its workforce in the past few months, climbing to 176 employees.
“We try to maintain stable production based on forecasts, but clearly, as you see in any number of industries, people react quickly to market conditions,” Ring explained. “They may feel confident and go buy and the for a couple weeks there’s a lack of consumer confidence and they delay purchases.”
Hino produces box trucks for commercial use. They opened the West Virginia operation back in 2007.
The facility plans to roll out it 2015 model trucks next February or March, he said.