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

BUFFALO, W.Va. (WTAP) Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia announced a multimillion dollar investment at its Putnam County plant on Thursday.

The $111 million project is expected to bring 123 new jobs to the plant in Buffalo, the company said.

“Doubling our production of hybrid transaxles in West Virginia solidifies our facility’s role in producing next-generation engines and transmissions that will drive the future of Toyota’s advanced mobility technology," said Leah Curry, Toyota's West Virginia president said.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the investment is a big boost for the Mountain State.

“There is so much good that comes along with this expansion of our Toyota plant, and the very best part is knowing that it will bring over 100 new jobs to our state for hard-working West Virginians,” Justice said. “I’m a business guy and I’ve always said that if we can help our businesses grow, there’s no limit to what we can do.

“Toyota has been a wonderful partner for West Virginia. And their decision to make this incredible investment right here at home is just fantastic because it really proves that businesses are excited to be in our state and are able to succeed in West Virginia now more than ever.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, agreed.

"Toyota’s continued investment at their Buffalo, West Virginia manufacturing facility is a testament to the facility’s hard-working employees and the success that comes with doing business in the Mountain State," he said in a news release.

The investment is part of the company's $13 billion investment aimed at expanding operations at its U.S. plants in West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee by 2021, creating nearly 600 new jobs.

Toyota will be one of and more than 200 employers at a job fair planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 22 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.