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Toyota to increase transmission production at Buffalo plant in US

ABR Staff Writer Published 02 March 2012

Toyota will invest $45m to increase annual production of 6-speed automatic transmission from around 400,000 to 520,000 units at its plant in Buffalo, West Virginia, US starting from November 2012 until July 2013.

The investment is expected to create about 80 new jobs in West Virginia, raising the total employment to approximately 1,200 and total plant investment to $1.3bn

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) now builds 6-speed transmissions for the Camry, Avalon, Sienna, Lexus RX350 and Venza, in North America.

Bodine Aluminum will also add capacity to support TMMWV, providing transmission cases and housing parts to the West Virginia plant.

The expansion would also create 25 new jobs and more than $10m investment for the Troy, Missouri plant.

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said that Toyota will expand the Buffalo plant for the second time in approximately a year.

"Toyota's commitment to excellence coupled with the strong West Virginia work ethic is a match made for positive economic growth benefitting both the company and the community," Tomblin said.