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State officials, industry leaders praise Toyota’s increase in WV investments


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Toyota plans to double its production capacity of hybrid transaxles with the new investment.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — Industry leaders and lawmakers praised Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia’s plan to invest in facility upgrades and create new jobs at its Putnam County plant.

On Thursday, Toyota announced a $111 million investment to pay for equipment and facility upgrades at the Buffalo plant. The investment is in anticipation of increased production of hybrid transaxles — from 120,000 a year currently to 240,000 a year starting in 2021.

A total of 123 new jobs will be created at the plant, which currently employs 1,600.

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