Hino Motors dedicates Arkansas frame rail line

MARION, Ark. (AP) - Hino Motors has dedicated its new truck frame rail line at its plant in Marion, Arkansas.

Executives said Monday the frame rails will be sent to truck assembly plants in West Virginia and Ontario, Canada. Hino closed its Long Beach, Calif., parts factory about a year-and-a-half ago. The company has moved frame rail manufacturing equipment from that plant to Marion.

The new line is running two shifts and will have 25 employees.Production started six weeks ago and nine employees have been hired so far.  Hino executives say the economy is too slow for any further expansion plans in the short term, but say the company wants to eventually open an engine plant in the U.S.

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