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UPDATE: Hino to restart truck production at Mineral Wells plant in October

Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 8:36 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 12:25 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 3/17/21 12:30 P.M.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Hino Trucks has announced plans to restart production at its plants in Mineral Wells and Woodstock Canada in October, though it has not offered specific details about the employment situation at the local plant.

In a news release, the company said it expects the L and XL series trucks, powered by Cummins engines, to be available by the end of the year.

The engines for the trucks will be built at the company’s plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Hino paused production at the Mineral Wells plant in late 2020 because of “challenges in the required U.S. engine certification testing process” for several of its engines.

Meanwhile, Hino also announced plans on Friday to accelerate development of a battery electric vehicle as part of the company’s plans for zero-emission vehicles.

The company originally said it anticipated producing a full range of battery electric trucks by 2024, but it now says full production could begin by the end of 2023.

“Our industry is in the midst of a generation shift from traditional vehicles to zero-emission vehicles,” Glen Ellis, Hino’s senior vice president of customer experience, said. This new partnership is in line with the recent shift we have seen among other OEMs who are looking to strong industry partners to help offset their growing R&D investments into new ZEVs.”

The company did not indicate in the news release iwhere the battery electric trucks would be produced.

ORIGINAL STORY: 12/23/20

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - According to a release, the Hino Motors company, that operates out of Mineral Wells, W. Va. and in Canada, announced today that they are halting production for at least the next nine months.

A pause of vehicle production was approved because of “challenges in the required U.S. engine certification testing process for new model years of the A09C, J08E, and J05E engines for North America.”

As a result of the pause, new model year vehicle sales have been postponed in the U.S. and Canada.

Vehicle production and sales of vehicles are expected to resume around October of 2021.

Hino says it is currently investigating the impact of the production pause on it’s earnings and will announce those impacts sometime in the future.

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