The governor joined company executives, Putnam County government representatives and economic development officials Tuesday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Fraziers Bottom site.
Akari Mori, general manager of Nippon Thermostat of America Corp, said the expansion will help the plant produce additional orders its received in the past year, including a new partnership with Chrysler.
"The expansion of our facility is the result of the successful growth of our business here. We really appreciate West Virginia state and Putnam County. We wouldn't be where we are today without them," Mori said. "We have a great history here, and we're looking forward to the future."
The plant opened in 2005, making it the first business to move into the Putnam Business Park.
Putnam County Commissioner Joe Haynes said the expansion has the community hopeful of more good things to come.
"This expansion means they are pleased with the business we've been doing and they plan to stay here for a while," Haynes said. "There are few things that give a commissioner more pleasure than breaking ground."
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