Toyota plans to increase annual production of 6-speed automatic transmission from around 400, 000 to 520, 000 at the company’s plant in Buffalo, West Virginia, beginning from November 2012 until July 2013.
The company will invest around $45 million, which will translate in 80 new jobs in West Virginia. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. now builds 6-speed transmissions for the Camry, Avalon, Sienna, Lexus RX350 and Venza, in North America. The expansion raises total employment to approximately 1,200 and total plant investment to $1.3 billion.
Bodine Aluminum will also add capacity to support the company, providing transmission cases and housing parts to the West Virginia plant. $10 million will be invested and 25 new jobs will be offered for the Troy, Mo. Plant.
“Toyota is one of West Virginia’s best partners, and I am thrilled that the company is planning another investment and expansion that will create 80 new jobs at our very own Buffalo plant. This announcement speaks to the strength of the Toyota brand, and is a testament to West Virginia’s tremendous workforce. Over the past 15 years, Toyota has learned that West Virginia is home to some of the hardest working men and women in America – you have put your faith in us, and in turn, we have embraced you, too,” said Senator Joe Manchin.