Hino Plant to Open Today in Marion

OCTOBER 9, 2006 - Posted at 3:38 p.m. CDT, updated at 7:29 a.m. on Oct. 10

MARION, AR - Toyota subsidiary Hino Motors is to hold a ceremony today to mark the start of production at its east Arkansas plant at Marion.

Governor Huckabee and Senator Blanche Lincoln are to be among the dignitaries invited.

The Hino plant will make axels and other parts for the Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

Hino is initially expected to employ at least 200 people in Crittenden County, with the hope of more jobs to come in the near future.  There has also been much speculation that the Japan-based company will build a truck assembly plant in Crittenden County in the future.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)