Hino Motors to consolidate Wood County operations in April

Will operate out of Parkersburg plant

File Photo Operations will be consolidated at the new Hino assemply plant in Parkersurg on West Virginia 14 south in April.

PARKERSBURG — Hino Motors plans to consolidate all of its Wood County operations in April at an assembly plant in Parkersburg, a company official said on Friday.

The target date to have the Williamstown operations consolidated at the former Coldwater Creek distribution center off West Virginia 14 is April 13, said Steve Stalnaker, a senior vice president for Hino and plant manager of the facility.

Hino announced in September 2017 that it would purchase the former Coldwater Creek east coast distribution and call center for a truck assembly plant. The project was valued at $100 million and would increase employment by around 250 jobs by 2020, the company said.

About 475 people will work at the Parkersburg assembly plant, Stalnaker said.

The company has been operating out of the plant since November, he said. Cabs for the trucks are assembled in Parkersburg, Stalnaker said,

The truck assembly operations at Williamstown will be moved to the Mineral Wells facility where two truck lines will be assembled, the regular size truck and the XL Series, which has greater weight capacity, Stalnaker said.

“We will be making both trucks in an assembly line in Mineral Wells,” Stalnaker said.

Wetz Warehousing from Washington County will move into the Williamstown facility, he said.

Several companies have expressed an interest in locating at south Parkersburg, of which Lindsey Piersol, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development, said she was not at liberty to disclose.

However, luring suppliers that serve multiple trucking companies is more difficult, the emphasis is to recruit companies whose prime customer is Hino, she said. Several of those have been contacted during a trade trip to Japan, Piersol said.