Move over Detroit...here comes...Hino?

(May 4, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- A newspaper is reporting that a Japanese company is preparing to announce it will build a truck parts plant at Marion in east Arkansas. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a copyright story cites an unnamed state official who said Hino Motors of Tokyo plans to build the plant. The site at Marion was offered to Toyota Motor Corporation for a truck plant that last year went to San Antonio. Governor Huckabee said it would be premature to make any announcement. If the Hino plant is announced, it would be the fourth auto parts plant to choose east Arkansas in the past ten months. An auto industry analyst told the newspaper that the development could signal that an auto assembly plant could be in the works for the area.