Toyota’s decision to build a new North American headquarters in Texas means an expansion of its Technical Center near Ann Arbor.
Toyota will consolidate manufacturing, sales and marketing and corporate operations into a new facility to be built in Plano, near Dallas. But, as part of that move, about 250 workers will be transferred from Kentucky to the Technical Center, which will see an expansion. Toyota says that center will play an even larger part in the company’s product development operations.
Toyota’s headquarters has been in Torrance, California, just outside Los Angeles, since the company began doing business in North America in the late 1950's. Toyota says it will move small groups of employees to Texas at first. It expects to break ground for what it calls a "new, environmentally-sustainable campus" later this year, with construction finished in 2017.
The company also plans to build a new facility on its Technical Center campus in Michigan, subject to final approval of state and local incentives. Toyota also building a new facility at its Georgetown, Kentucky plant to accommodate about 300 engineers.
Toyota will continue to operate in Southern California, with several thousand employees staying in the current headquarters location and the company’s design studio in Newport Beach.