It all started three years ago when Toyota announced its ‘One Toyota’ initiative to unify its operations in North America and would move its headquarters from California to Plano and into a new location at Plano Legacy West. Engineering, sales, financial services, corporate functions and marketing would be located all in one building.
That building, which Toyota has invested $1 Billion into, is located in the Legacy West development near the Dallas North Tollway and Sam Rayburn Tollway. The campus is made up of about a half-dozen buildings, has over 100 acres and covers 2 million square feet has be called a ‘game changer’ by Plano leaders.
“The opening of our new headquarters in Plano is an extraordinary next step in Toyota’s 60-year journey in the United States,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota in North America. “With team members from four different companies together in one campus location, we believe this will inspire greater collaboration, innovation, and faster decision making as we turn to and lead the future of mobility, all with an eye on our customers.”
In addition, earlier this year, Toyota said it will spend $10 billion in U.S. capital investments over the next five years, an outlay that includes the construction of its Plano headquarters and improvements to its existing manufacturing facilities.
What’s important for Plano specifically and North Texas overall is the job growth that will occur here now and for years to come. Toyota will have jobs for up to 4,000 Toyota team members in Plano. In addition to the employees who chose to relocate, Toyota previously announced that it would hire more than 1,000 new team members from the rich mix of local talent and elsewhere. More than 90 percent of the company’s new hires from the past year for positions in Plano have come from the North Texas market. Toyota has already filled more than 75 percent of its open positions.
“The greatest resource we have here in the Lone Star State is our highly-skilled workforce that draws global businesses like Toyota to Texas every day,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The 4,000 jobs added and Toyota’s impressive new facility are proof of the remarkable momentum of Texas’ continuing economic expansion. I am proud that Toyota is expanding here, and I thank them for their commitment to being an important part of our Texas community.”
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