February 25, 2011

Manchin Congratulates Toyota on Planned Investment, Job Creation at Buffalo Plant

**Web Video Available**

Washington, D.C. — United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Toyota on its planned multi-million dollar Buffalo plant expansion. Senator Manchin sent his congratulations in a video message, available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sABVwzUyQBY

The Senator was unable to join the announcement event in person because he is currently on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East, traveling to countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan to meet with West Virginians who are serving abroad, key local and national leaders, and America’s military commanders on the ground.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia today announced that it will invest an additional $64 million investment in the Buffalo facility, as well as add 40 new jobs. This investment will allow Toyota to produce additional transmissions at the plant. Toyota is a proud partner in West Virginia, and Senator Manchin often met with their representatives as Governor to ensure that the state remained a great place for the company to invest and expand.

Manchin State Director Kelley Goes spoke at the event on Sen. Manchin’s behalf, and also introduced the video featuring Manchin’s remarks.

“Thank you for this wonderful announcement,” Senator Manchin said. “I wish I could be there to congratulate you all on this terrific accomplishment. Right now, I am on a fact-finding trip to the Middle East and visiting with the brave West Virginians who are serving our country, but I will be the first to congratulate you on my next trip home.

“Mr. Suzuki, though we have not met in person, I look forward to being able to shake your hand and getting to know you. The Buffalo Toyota plant is the pride of West Virginia, and this continued investment and confidence in our little state means more to me and to West Virginia then I can express. Thank you again.  We look forward to continuing our long and prosperous relationship.”