Toyota announces $111 million investment, 123 new jobs at W.Va. plant

Toyota Georgetown plant to produce two hybrid vehicles in new multimillion-dollar investment | Lexington Herald Leader

"One-third of Toyota vehicles built in North America are powered by engines produced right here", said Clark.

Gov. Jim Justice and Senator Joe Manchin, speaking separately on MetroNews' "Talkline", confirmed a major investment at West Virginia's Toyota plant.

As Toyota announced a massive expansion at five locations across the country on Thursday - the largest of which is taking place in Huntsville - Trump tweeted out his congratulations. This is Toyota we're talking about, so of course it's more hybrids.

The plant was built as Toyota's first "wholly-owned vehicle manufacturing plant" in the United States.

The investment is part of the company's $13 billion investment aimed at expanding operations at its USA plants in West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee by 2021, creating almost 600 new jobs. The jobs are not coming to the WSAZ region, but the company is investing $238 million in the Georgetown plant.

Toyota is pledging $288 million to the engine plant in Huntsville.

$111 million for equipment and expansion of a plant in Buffalo, W. Va., to double the capacity of hybrid transaxles.


The new investment announced Thursday is the initial amount for projects that include adding the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and a Lexus ES 300h hybrid to production at its Georgetown, Kentucky plant, according to the statement.

Overall, the plant represents an investment of more than $7 billion dollars.

"Today's exciting announcement shows Toyota's recognition and continued trust in the high-level skills and expertise of our fantastic team here in Kentucky", said Toyota Kentucky President Susan Elkington.

Toyota now manufactures the Camry, Avalon, Lexus ES 350, Camry hybrid and Avalon hybrid at the Georgetown facility.

Toyota also is spending $62 million to boost production at its Troy, Missouri, facility. It builds on capacity that was first announced two years ago.

"In West Virginia, Toyota represents more than just good jobs".

In hybrid vehicles, the transaxle takes the place of conventional transmission. "This significant announcement puts the company in position to better serve its customers for years to come, and we look forward to Toyota, Scott County and Kentucky continuing to grow together".

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