California has been the home base for Toyota in North America for more than 50 years, but not for much longer.
As many as 2,000 employees from the golden state will be trading in their beachware and surfboards for snake boots and stetsons if they plan to stay with the company, because the U.S. headquarters is hitting the trail for Texas.
They'll be joined there by up to 2,000 more staff members from other parts of the company located in different U.S. states, as the headquarters for the company's three American entities –Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America and Toyota Motor North America are consolidated at a common location.
The new corporate HQ – called a campus and said to be patterned after the Google model – will be located in Plano, Texas, which is a part of the Dallas metropolitan area.
The majority of employees won't move until construction of the new headquarters is completed in late 2016 or early 2017, the company said.
Subsequently, Toyota Financial Services will also make the move to Texas.
"With our major North American business affiliates and leaders together in one location for the first time, we will be better equipped to speed decision making, share best practices, and leverage the combined strength of our employees," said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota's North American operations in explaining the move.
The company's California design studio (CALTY) and its racing arm (TRD) will remain where they are and its Ann Arbor, Michigan technical centre will be expanded to absorb some of the functions of other locations.
Toyota’s 10 manufacturing plants in the U.S. won't be directly affected by the changes – at this time – nor will its Canadian operations.