State Officials Still Hopeful that Hino Will Open Truck Assembly Plant in Region 8

MARCH 14, 2006 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Arkansas development official says she remains convinced that Hino Motors Manufacturing will build a truck assembly plant in Marion.  Hino, a Japanese subsidiary of Toyota, is currently building a parts plant in Marion that will make truck axles and other components for the Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

The parts plant has generated hopes that Hino will also choose the Marion site for a truck assembly plant.  In November, Hino Chairman Tadaki Jagawa told the Wall Street Journal that the truck maker would have the plant producing trucks in Marion by 2007.  He said in January that the company still hadn't decided on the project.

But Kay Brockwell, economic development director for Marion, said that even without a firm announcement, the feeling in the city is that an assembly plant is next.  She said that Hino owns 200 acres in Marion, and even with the parts plant, there is additional space for the construction of an assembly plant on the site.

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