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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) is celebrating the combined $215 million investments announced by automobile manufactures Hino and Toyota.

Wednesday evening, Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. announced it will make a $100 million investment to expand its truck manufacturing and assembly operations in West Virginia, relocate its operations from Williamstown to the former Coldwater Creek facility in Mineral Wells. 

And Tuesday, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia announced a $115.3 million expansion of their operations to produce the company’s first American-made hybrid transaxles at the company’s plant in Putnam County.

“This has been a banner week for manufacturing in the Mountain State,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “To have two world-class automobile manufacturers choosing to invest in West Virginia is proof positive that we can provide the workforce and business climate that manufacturers want.”

Both companies have 2020 as the target date to begin operations on their newest investments.

On August 3, President Trump, who won big in West Virginia — 67.9 percent of the vote vs. Hillary Clinton’s 26.2 percent — held a campaign-style rally at the 9,000-person Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia.

“As you have seen, I have kept my promise as President,” he told attendees.

“We are putting our coal miners back to work. We have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. We have stopped the EPA intrusion. American coal exports are already up.”

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association honored three legislators as Champions of Industry during its annual All-State Legislative Meeting Sept. 18. From left, Delegate Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, Senator Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, WVMA President Rebecca McPhail and Delegate Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock.CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) hosted its third annual all-state legislative meeting Monday and highlighted the work of three legislators as Champions of Industry.

Senator Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, and Delegates Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, and Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock, were named WVMA Champions of Industry for promoting policies that are conducive to manufacturing.

“The WVMA is pleased to recognize the commitment of our Champions of Industry to the development of policy that fosters an environment of manufacturing growth,” said WVMA President Rebecca McPhail. “Each legislator stood out in their desire to learn about and understand key industry issues, and champion these causes.”

In West Virginia, location is a key selling point for manufacturing companies that want easy access to eastern markets and east coast shipping channels. Yet location means little if roads and bridges are not well maintained or modernized.

West Virginia ranks near the bottom — 46th — for its percentage of structurally deficient bridges. Infrastructure improvements must be made now so we can maintain and grow the manufacturing sector.