Toyota opened its new North American headquarters in Texas, three years after announcing the move.
The headquarters was built on 100 acres across Plano in the northern part of Texas. Since announcing the headquarters, Toyota has spent approximately $1 billion on the new facility and moving thousands of employees. The grand opening arrives as Toyota celebrates 60 years in the U.S. this year.
The move brings many different branches together into one building, including quality engineering, sales, marketing, financial services, and corporate functions. Toyota’s North America CEO, Jim Lentz, said, “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.”
Toyota began moving employees to the Plano facility in late spring, although construction is still wrapping up. By the end of the year, 4,000 employees from near and far will have settled into the new facility. Not all of the original employees decided to make the move, but Toyota says it has filled more than 75 percent of its open positions in Plano.
Before announcing the move to Texas, Toyota was headquartered in the Los Angeles metropolitan area for 57 years. The move affected a few thousand employees from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. in Torrance, Calif., as well as employees from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America in Erlanger, Ky. and other areas.
The new headquarters houses seven buildings brought together by a large central courtyard. The facility received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, as it has more than 20,000 solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system with up to 400,000 gallons to use in irrigation, and drought resistant plants.
Over the next five years, Toyota will invest $10 billion in its U.S. operations, including the Plano headquarters and other manufacturing facilities.