Ruth Lemmon, West Virginia Automotive and Truck Dealers Association president, said, "Those are the kind of jobs West Virginia needs."
"Those 80 jobs translate into a lot of economic development for us," she said.
Lemmon added that, since the plant broke ground in 1996, Toyota has been an excellent corporate citizen and community leader.
Toyota invested $400 million to build the Buffalo plant, which then employed about 350 people. After continued expansion over the years, the plant now employs more than 1,300 workers.
"When you see a manufacturer like Toyota making such a substantial investment, it does give you reason to believe the economy is getting stronger and more stable," Lemmon said.
Steve Roberts, state Chamber of Commerce president, said the expansion is good news for all of West Virginia, not just Putnam County.
"This is exactly what we need to be happening in West Virginia," Roberts said. "It's clear Toyota has a real commitment to West Virginia. They want to be here and they want to invest in West Virginia."
Roberts said it's important to keep listening to companies like Toyota on how to make the state welcoming for businesses.
"This is yet another expansion of the Toyota community to West Virginia," he said, "and West Virginians are equally committed to Toyota."
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