- NGK Spark Plugs decided to build a plant in Sissonville in 1994. Since then, the plant has expanded four times.
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing began constructing its plant in Buffalo in 1996. Over the years, Toyota expanded that plant eight times, investing more than $1.4 billion in the state's economy and creating 1,300 jobs. Earlier this year, the Toyota assembly line produced its 10-millionth vehicle.
Earlier this month, the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C. issued a press release stating, "From the time he became governor of West Virginia in 1977, Sen. Rockefeller has made a difference across a wide spectrum of efforts to strengthen Japan-U.S. relations for over 30 years. Such efforts are held in high regard throughout Japan."
Rockefeller will formally receive the Order of the Rising Sun at a ceremony hosted by Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae in the near future. He was selected for the award based on the recommendation of Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida.
Jay's father, John D. Rockefeller III, also received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in 1969.
Rockefeller, who announced in January that he would not run for re-election in 2014, currently chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.