US: Toyota breaks ground on new North American headquarters image

The world’s largest automaker, Japan’s Toyota Motor, decided last year to move its North American divisional headquarters from California to Plano, Texas and yesterday a 2015 TRD Pro Series Tundra equipped with a plow was used to break ground on the site of the new HQ.

Back in April 2014, the Japanese company announced it would relocate its employees from Torrance, California in a new office building that would have enough space for the company to consolidate engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate employees. In its drive to bring all major North American business affiliates and leaders in the same location, Toyota also opted to close its office in Erlanger, Kentucky – with the 1,600 strong workforce dispersed to Michigan, Texas and its flagship US factory in Georgetown. A company statement has reported on the progress so far: a developer, architect and project manager were hired, while Toyota also filed a preliminary site plan with the city of Plano, with the automaker now entrenched in the headquarters’ design process. Construction is scheduled to commence during the upcoming weeks and the final completion has been forecasted for late 2016 or early 2017.

With Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America chief executive officer present on site for the official ground breaking ceremony, the Japanese automaker also showed an installation the word “Toyota” coming out of letters 10 feet tall and 64 feet wide. In a nod to the Japanese traditional culture, native Texan yaupon holly trees – acting as symbolic “wish” trees were planted inside each letter.

Via Automotive News