BUFFALO, W.Va. — As many as 80 new jobs will be created as part of a $90 million expansion planned at Toyota Motors Manufacturing in Putnam County.
“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, Toyota 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.”
Each year, the Buffalo facility produces 500,000 transmissions. The expansion will take production to 740,000 transmissions annually starting in 2015.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia opened in Putnam County in 1998 with 300 employees and has expanded more than half a dozen times since then. About 1,300 currently work there.
Those workers produce six speed transmissions for the Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Lexus RX350, Sienna and Venza.
Toyota will also add to its casting facilities in Missouri and Tennessee.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the expansion on Friday at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 77th Annual Meeting and Business Summit at The Greenbrier Resort.
“This announcement is a true example of what I spoke about Wednesday-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,” Gov. Tomblin said in a prepared statement. “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. I’m thankful for Toyota’s continued faith in our work force.”