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Hino to Open Truck Factory in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV - A Toyota-owned truck manufacturer plans to open a plant in West Virginia.

Hino Motors Manufacturing has filed plans to open a facility in Williamstown, West Virginia, on the site of the former Walker Systems plant.  That's according to an application for a certificate of authority filed Monday with the Secretary of State's office and granted the same day.

Arkansas officials have long sought a Hino assembly plant for a site in Marion, where Hino has a parts manufacturing facility.  Marion recently lost out to Tupelo, Mississippi, for a Toyota plant.

Kay Brockwell, Marion's economic development director, said today she couldn't comment.

The papers for the certificate, which must be obtained before a company can secure a business license, says the plant is designed for the "assembly and manufacturing of motor vehicles, parts and components."

Despite the paperwork, local and state officials have been tightlipped about the deal, saying only that West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin will make an announcement Monday about economic development in Williamstown.

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