Japan-based auto manufacturer Toyota announced on April 28, 2014 that it will be relocating its US operations into a single, new headquarters based in Texas. Meanwhile, this means that California is expected to lose the majority of jobs. Toyota also said that by 2017, the company will have to relocate to a single campus in Plano, which is a suburb north of Dallas.
At the moment, the Japanese automaker has three separate North American headquarters, out of which one is for manufacturing, one for sales and the third one is for corporate operations. The chief executive for Toyota’s North America region, Jim Lentz in a statement said, “This is the most significant change we’ve made to our North American operations in the past 50 years, and we are excited for what the future holds”.
Lentz went on to say that the consolidation of business affiliates in the region, as well as leaders in one location will bring a number of benefits, which include faster decision-making, as well as improvement in best practices. The chief executive also said that enabling greater collaboration and efficiency in the company will help Toyota to become a more dynamic, successful and innovative organization in North America.
Following the moves, the popular car manufacturer will continue to have 2,300 employees in California and 8,200 employees in Kentucky. The company also assured that 10 manufacturing plants in the US will not be affected by the upcoming changes.
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