Two-thirds of Toyota employees making move to Texas
Toyota says the majority of employees currently at the company’s headquarters in Southern California will make the move to its new home in Texas next year.
When Toyota announced in 2014 that it was moving its North American headquarters from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas, there was some concern that the company’s retention rate could take a significant hit. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case with around two-thirds of the company’s SoCal workforce already committed to making the move.
“Thus far it’s two-thirds to 70 percent, which for us is a great number,” Jim Lentz, chief executive for Toyota Motor North America, told Automotive News. “We’re very happy with that number because it allows us to ensure that our culture continues, which is very, very important to us.”
Including employees from Toyota’s satellite locations in Kentucky and New York, about 3,000 people are expected to make the move to Texas. Toyota is already looking to fill about 350 positions in Texas; the company could hire another 650 workers in the coming months.
Toyota began construction of its new Plano headquarters in January 2015. The campus is expected to be completed by mid-2017.