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Hino Motors

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Project Type:
New
Location: Wood County
Launching a new plant can be a daunting task, so much more so when the location is in an area that has no similar industry. Last summer, Joe Chronley was asked to come to Williamstown, West Virginia, to set up the first U.S. facility owned and staffed by Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Inc., to build their class 4-7 commercial trucks.

The product was introduced to the American market in 2004 and quickly gained recognition for its superior quality; the new challenge would be to build a management and production team to ensure that reputation endured. Chronley was pleased with the people Hino was able to attract, and felt confident that each one brought some of the necessary skills and ample potential to achieve the goal. Some of the skills needed were very specific to the industry while others were rare; it was in this area that the GGWFP made such a difference.

The program enabled Hino to provide training that has had a tremendous benefit in filling the training voids and providing a more highly-skilled team. The types of training received ranged from technical training to office skills. Sometimes just a few individuals received specialized training; other times groups of as many as 16 or more learned skills that they now apply every day.

Hino was able to send a key group of individuals from the production team to learn their jobs at a sister facility in Canada. Then trainers from the Canadian facility came to West Virginia to train the team here. This gave individuals confidence in their jobs, and the company reaped the benefits of their new skills.

The GGWFP has enabled Hino to do much, but one training program in particular has had a truly powerful effect. Chronley stated, “We brought in a specialist to teach us how to master time-management using a personal planner. The increased productivity, the ability to multitask and the reduction of stress brought about by the application of the training has been realized by all.” Comments are still frequently heard about how beneficial people have found this training, not just for work, but their home lives too.

The support of the GGWFP has provided Hino with the necessary training to ensure that the team is able to continue to provide the market with the highest quality trucks and team members with a great sense of pride in their work.
“We brought in a specialist to teach us how to master timemanagement using a personal planner. The increased productivity, the ability to multitask and the reduction of stress brought about by the application of the training has been realized by all.”

Joe Chronley, General Manager