Hino Motors Sales USA is investing more than $55 million to expand its manufacturing plant in the south-western state of Arkansas.Hino’s Marion plant – which manufactures parts for Toyota’s heavy-duty US-market Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia models – will host 200 new employees as it ramps-up production of Toyota parts.
Hino USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hino Motors Limited and a Toyota Group company, manufactures trucks in West Virginia and Toyota parts in Arkansas and California.
Hino Motors Limited builds the Toyota Prado and FJ Cruiser, as well as Hino’s range of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses.
Marion Mayor Frank Fogleman said he welcomed Hino’s increased investment in his community.
“We are delighted to welcome Hino to Marion – it’s a proud and exciting day for Marion and its neighbours,” he said.
“We are very appreciative of Hino’s investment in Marion and the company’s confidence in our business environment.
“The company will be a huge asset to the community and will provide quality jobs to the citizens of our county.
“Hino has been a model corporate citizen and we look forward to an even stronger relationship moving forward,” Mr Fogleman said.
Hino broke ground on the $160-million Marion plant in July 2004 and began full-scale production in April 2006, following large Toyota Group investments across the US.
Toyota-owned Denso manufactures air conditioners and radiators for Toyota passenger and commercial vehicles from its $35-million plant in Osceola, Arkansas.
In 2003 Toyota Motor Corporation invested $800 million in a new manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas, which uses parts from the Marion and Osceola plants to build its Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia models.
Hino USA also operates manufacturing plants at Corona in California and Orangeburg in New York State.
Hino’s evolution from Japanese manufacturer and global exporter to global manufacturer and exporter has created lasting industrial growth across the US, continuing the positive economic influence of Hino’s plants in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Colombia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Canada.