Toyota has broken ground on its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, as the carmaker seeks to consolidate engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate staff. Given the privilege to break the ground was Toyota Tundra.
Mike Groff, chief executive of Toyota Financial Services, said in a statement that breaking ground in Plano is “an exciting and tangible demonstration of the great progress” the carmaker is making in bringing its major North American business affiliates and leaders together in one single location.
He said that the move will allow Toyota to strengthen its ability to put customers first. Toyota has tapped a developer, architect and project manager and filed a preliminary site plan with the city of Plano, according to a company statement said.
The Japanese company is now in the middle of the design process with construction slated to commence in the next several weeks. The Plano headquarters is expected to be completed by late 2016 or early 2017. Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, said in a statement that their goal is to build an “environmentally sustainable” campus.
During the ground breaking ceremony, the carmaker showed an installation -- the word “Toyota” spelled in letters 10 feet tall and 64 feet wide. Each letter features native Texan yaupon holly trees as “wish” trees.
The trees will be planted permanently once the headquarters is completed to represent a friendship between Japan and the United States as well as to reflect Toyota’s commitment to the Plano community. [source: Toyota]