FRAZIERS BOTTOM, W.Va. -- A $4 million investment in Putnam County's Nippon Thermostat plant will create 30 additional jobs by 2016, more than doubling the business's current workforce, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday.
The Tokyo-based company, which manufactures automotive thermostats for Toyota, Honda, Nissan and others, plans to expand its Fraziers Bottom location by 26,000 square feet, essentially doubling the current facility.
The new adjacent manufacturing facility will be completed by March, officials say.
This is the third groundbreaking for a Japanese company in West Virginia since Tomblin made his trade mission to the country June 1. The governor called the company's decision to expand is "just another vote of confidence for West Virginia's economy and workforce."
Last week, Wheeling-Nisshin, a Japanese steel-coating company, announced a $28 million project at its Brooke county location, which is expected to create two jobs.
In June, Japanese truckmaker Hino Motors invested $6 million to support a Wood County assembly plant expansion, creating 20 jobs.
Tomblin is the seventh West Virginia governor to make a trade mission to Japan, and more than 20 Japanese companies operate in the state.