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WVMA Winter Conf 2019 1040x150 2

New investment to upgrade existing engine production line; new jobs to add third shift


Buffalo, W.Va. (February 18, 2021) –
To help meet customer demand, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) will invest $210 million to upgrade existing engine production and add 100 new jobs to increase assembly capacity of its four-cylinder engine line. Once complete, TMMWV’s total investment will be more than $1.8 billion and total employment will exceed 2,000.

“Today’s announcement represents Toyota’s continued commitment to our customers as well as our community,” said TMMWV President Srini Matam. “We are thrilled to expand our Toyota family and continue our long-standing commitment to provide top-quality engines and transmissions for our customers.”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. ─ The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) announces its  support for House Bill 2001, the West Virginia Jumpstart Savings Program. 

“Manufacturers know firsthand the challenges in finding skilled labor in West Virginia. Any efforts to prepare the next generation to enter the workforce contributes to a stronger West Virginia,” said Rebecca McPhail, president of the WVMA. “We applaud State Treasurer Riley Moore for developing and promoting this concept and encourage the House of Delegates to pass the bill when it comes to the floor this week.” 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Manufacturers Association praises House of Delegates leadership for elevating the manufacturing industry to major committee status.

In organizational meetings of the West Virginia House of Delegates today the former House Committee on Energy, a major committee, added an additional area of focus to become the House Committee on Energy and Manufacturing.

“We are thrilled and supportive of the House focus on manufacturing in the 2021 legislative session,” WVMA President Rebecca McPhail said. “The link between energy and manufacturing is inextricable, so this expanded direction for the committee makes a lot of sense. Not only do our members rely on affordable energy to run their operations, they also are major players in the downstream applications of West Virginia’s fossil energy resources.”

Charleston, W.Va. – The events yesterday in Washington, D.C. were disturbing and un-American. The attempt to take over the United States Capitol leaves a stain on the history of our great democracy. The behavior of those involved was illegal, immoral, and disloyal. These acts of domestic terrorism must not be tolerated. 

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association joins with many state and national business and industry groups in condemning yesterday’s assault on the United States Capitol. We believe that any West Virginians who engaged in these illegal actions, do not positively reflect the values and vision that manufacturers have for our state. 

We urge rejection of ongoing separatist rhetoric and a return to the civility that truly makes America great. The peaceful transfer of power and presidential authority is a sacred value and be should protected.