Hino Motors Manufacturing USA Inc. recently announced the official opening of a new production site in Mineral Wells, West Virginia. The massive manufacturing facility measures nearly 1 million square feet.
The site will be responsible for producing the company’s class 6, 7 and 8 truck models. This includes Hino’s new XL Series trucks which the company unveiled earlier this year.
The XL7 and XL8 models are powered by the Hino A09 Turbo Diesel engine. Comfort and performance are what Hino engineers concentrated on when designing the XL Series. The company writes on its website:
“Distinguished by its rich design and automotive grade quality finish, the Hino XL7 and XL8 interior is easy on the eyes [styling and ergonomically] and your back. The standard air-ride cab and driver’s seat put layers of air between you and the rough road. Included premium features like hands-free Bluetooth calling and audio, steering wheel controls, a large LCD information center display, cruise control, and air conditioning enhance operator effectiveness.”
Furthermore, “The Hino XL Series cab has been designed for safe, easy entry and exit with exterior grab handles, deep all-weather grip steps and extra wide door openings. Standard LED headlights, a high seating position and a 2,385 sq. in. windshield provide maximum visibility for the driver. Advanced active safety systems are also available on all models.”
Safety features include a collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, and electronic stability control.
Area Development reports that Hino’s new Mineral Wells plant has the capacity to produce 15,000 trucks per year on one shift. Yoshio Shimo, president and CEO of “Hino Motors Ltd., said the company plans to continue expanding in the US market:
Hino is committed to building its trucks and products in the market it operates in. We have committed $100 million in capital investment into our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, generating 250 new jobs. Today, I am excited to announce an additional commitment of $40M in investment to meet increased demand and product configurations, creating an additional 250 new jobs, totaling 800 team members.”
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, meanwhile, lauded Hino as an integral part of the state’s economy.
“Hino has been a tremendous partner to the State of West Virginia since 2007,” he said. “With 800 West Virginians planned to be employed by Hino, they continue to be one of West Virginia’s biggest employers. We thank Hino for their continued investment in the great state of West Virginia.”