Toyota announced in April it will be moving its North American headquarters to Plano, Texas, within the next three years. Currently, Toyota's headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing and corporate operations are in three separate locations in California, Kentucky and New York.
The company plans to consolidate these departments into a new, environmentally sustainable campus. The move will affect approximately 4,000 employees and small groups will begin to move to a temporary facility in 2014. The company said most employees won't move until the new campus is completed, which is expected to be towards the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.
"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," Toyota's CEO Jim Lentz, said.
As Toyota prepares for their new North American headquarters, the company plans to expand its Toyota Technical Center near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The purpose of the expansion is to increase the company's research and development of new engineering technology as well as to make room for the employees and business procured from Kentucky.
The technical center currently has 1,100 employees on its campus and the move from Kentucky will bring approximately 250 more employees to the region.
In addition to the headquarters in Texas and expansion in Michigan, Toyota will build a new facility at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky facility, where it will begin producing the Lexus ES in 2015. Toyota believes this expansion will bring 750 new jobs to Kentucky.
Companies, small or as large as Toyota, should partner with manufacturing recruiters to fill the new positions brought on by expansion.