Toyota moving U.S. base from California to Texas


TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Toyota said Monday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to
will break ground this year on a new headquarters in Plano, Texas, a
suburb of Dallas. Small groups of employees will start moving to
temporary office space there this year, but most will not move until
late 2016 or early 2017 when a new headquarters is completed.
new campus will bring together approximately 4,000 employees from sales,
marketing, engineering, manufacturing and finance who are now scattered
around the country. That includes 2,000 employees at the current
headquarters in Torrance, Calif.; 1,000 employees at Toyota’s
engineering and manufacturing center in Erlanger, Ky.; and 1,000
employees at Toyota Financial Services.
Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO
for North America, said the new headquarters will enable faster decision
making and better collaboration.
Toyota said it will continue to
have about 2,300 employees in California and 8,200 employees in Kentucky
after the moves are complete. Toyota makes the Avalon and Camry sedans
in Kentucky.
The company will also maintain offices in New York
and Washington. Plants in Mississippi, Texas and Indiana aren’t affected
by the moves.
Toyota has had a presence in California since 1957,
when it opened its first U.S. headquarters in a former Rambler
dealership in Hollywood. The following year — Toyota’s first in the U.S.
market — it sold 287 Toyopet Crown sedans and one Land Cruiser.
By 1975, Toyota had become the top import brand in the U.S. It opened its current U.S. headquarters in
Torrance in 1982.
Toyota sold 2.2 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year.

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