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Toyota To Establish New Headquarters in North Dallas-Plano, Texas, And Expand Technical Center Near Ann Arbor, Michigan

Area Development Online News Desk (04/28/2014)
Toyota will establish a new headquarters in North Dallas-Plano, Texas, for its North American operations in a move the automaker said is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.”

“Within the next three years, Toyota’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing, and corporate operations will relocate to a single, state-of-the-art campus in Plano,” the company said. “Toyota’s North American finance arm also plans to move its headquarters to this new shared campus. Altogether, these moves will affect approximately 4,000 employees.”

At the same time, Toyota will expand the Toyota Technical Center in Michigan to accommodate the relocation of direct procurement from Erlanger, Kentucky, to its campus in York Township near Ann Arbor. This expansion is part of an increased investment in engineering capabilities and will accommodate future growth in product development.

According to company officials, the transition to Plano from three current headquarters locations – affecting approximately 2,000 employees at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in Torrance, California; about 1,000 employees at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. in Erlanger, Kentucky; and certain employees at Toyota Motor North America in New York, New York, will begin with initial small groups this summer.

“However, the majority of these employees will not move until construction of Toyota’s new headquarters is completed in late 2016 or early 2017. Toyota Financial Services is not expected to transition to Plano from its current headquarters in Torrance, California, until 2017, which will affect around 1,000 employees,” the company said.

Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for the North America Region, said: “With our major North American business affiliates and leaders together in one location for the first time, we will be better equipped to speed decision making, share best practices, and leverage the combined strength of our employees. This, in turn, will strengthen our ability to put customers first and to continue making great products that exceed their expectations. Ultimately, enabling greater collaboration and efficiencies across Toyota will help us become a more dynamic, innovative and successful organization in North America. This is the most significant change we’ve made to our North American operations in the past 50 years, and we are excited for what the future holds.”

Toyota will construct a new, environmentally-sustainable campus facility in Plano, which is expected to take two or more years to construct after groundbreaking in the fall of 2014. Until the new campus facility is complete, initial small groups of employees will work from a temporary location in the Plano area.

Toyota will also build a new facility on TTC’s York campus, subject to final approval of state and local incentives, to accommodate approximately 250 direct procurement positions currently based at TEMA in Erlanger.

In addition, about 300 production engineering positions based in Erlanger will be relocated to a new facility to be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, Kentucky, while approximately 1,000 TEMA administrative positions will transition to Plano. Toyota’s 10 manufacturing plants in the U.S. will not be impacted by these changes. Also, the company noted “the following Toyota units will not be impacted at this time:”
  • Toyota regional field offices and Lexus area offices
  • Operating units in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico
  • Toyota Financial Service’s regional offices, sales offices, service centers and its bank
  • Calty Design Research facilities
  • Toyota InfoTechnology Center
  • Toyota Racing Development
  • AirFlite Inc.
  • Logistics Services Field Locations
  • Distribution centers
After moving from its existing headquarters, Toyota said it will continue to have approximately 2,300 employees in California and 8,200 employees in Kentucky. This includes 750 new jobs being added at TMMK for production of the Lexus ES, which begins in 2015.

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