Hino project part of development message to Wood County Commission

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) It's not due to be up and running for another year, but Hino Motors is well on its way to locating a new truck manufacturing plant in Wood County.

That was part of Wood County Development chief Lindsey Kerr Piersol's update to the county commission Monday morning.

Pierson says Hino has virtually cleared out the former Coldwater Creek plant on the outskirts of Parkersburg, and two related manufacturing firms already have pledged to locate in Mineral Wells.

The Hino truck facility is due to begin production in 2019.

"On March 7, Hino is going to an auto show where they're going to unveil the truck," Piersol told the commission. "We're going to try to go to (that show), and see if there's vendors and suppliers we can talk to, to see if they have any interest in coming to the park."

Piersol adds her office also is aiding in the development of the former U.S. courthouse and the Dils Building-both of which were sold to new owners in 2017.

And two companies are interested in locating to Wood County. Piersol did not name the firms or what sites they're looking at.