By Anthony Tran, Asia World Media
On a Thursday late afternoon, hundreds of distinguished guests, VIPS, dignitaries and executives, including Governor Greg Abbott and Emmitt Smith (former Dallas Cowboy player), were invited to attend the grand opening of the new Toyota’s North American headquarters in Plano, TX.
Including a tour of the new headquarters, Toyota also treated attendees with a gala and continuous flow of drinks and food. While guests enjoyed the live music, Bandaloop acrobatics performed outside, along the side of Toyota beautiful glass structures.
Toyota’s new corporate campus “One Toyota” started three years ago as an initiative to create more unified operations in North America, in part, by bringing together its quality engineering, sales, marketing, financial services, and corporate functions in one location.
“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.”
Since then, the company has invested about $1 billion on the project to build its new corporate campus on 100 acres in Plano and move thousands of team members and their families from California, Kentucky and beyond to North Texas. With construction nearly complete, occupancy began in late spring, and an average of a couple hundred team members per week are moving in, which is expected to continue in phases through December.
- $23.4 billion in direct investment,
- 10 manufacturing assembly facilities around the country,
- Nearly 1,500 Toyota and Lexus dealerships, and,
- 136,000 direct and dealer employees
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota in North America, also announced Collin County Mobility Collaboration as the winner of their “$1 Million” Toyota Impact Grant.