A Campus Grows in Plano: CEO Jim Lentz Gives Sneak Peek at the New Toyota

Automaker seeks more than 1,000 new team members who will challenge what’s possible

PLANO, TEXAS, Oct. 13, 2016 – More than 1,200 tons of Texas limestone. Twelve acres of glass. Seventeen thousand tons of reinforcing steel. And thousands of construction workers on site daily. For the new Toyota, there’s no place like home.

Under a canopy of construction cranes, Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz today provided a preview of the new Plano campus to local media, officials and business leaders. The update covered construction progress, the organization’s hiring needs, and a tour of the tech-driven and environmentally sustainable campus.

And the new site is …well, quite a sight.

  • More than 2,000 daily workers have poured concrete equivalent to the length of 477 AT&T Stadiums
  • There’s enough Texas limestone to equal the weight of 340 Texas-built Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition trucks
  • The 12 acres of glass equates to almost 50,000 2017 Tacoma truck windshields
  • Drought tolerant landscaping will use no fertilizers, no chemicals and no artificial irrigation
  • On-site solar panels will produce 7.75-megawatts of electricity, the rest generated by Texas wind farms

“Our new state-of-the-art North American headquarters is designed to stimulate ever better ways to serve our team members, customers, and community,” said Lentz. “As we get closer to completion, we look to recruit people who want to challenge what’s possible at Toyota and within the auto industry.

“We will be hiring more than 1,000 new team members across numerous functions, and our hope is that they will help us in Toyota’s mission to address mobility challenges for everyone, now and in the future.”

Toyota expects the new campus to open in mid-2017.

To best explain the new campus, hiring needs and the impact Toyota is making in North Texas,check out this illustrative infographic (mobile). For print version, click here.

For all videos of the new campus, click here.

For all images, click here.

 
 

About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, please visit www.toyotanewsroom.com
 

Aaron Fowles
Toyota Motor North America
Aaron.Fowles@toyota.com
310-561-2321
 
Josh Reed
Allison+Partners
Josh@allisonpr.com
480-282-7205
 

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