Toyota’s US operations will move forward with the planning of a new facility on the York Township, MI campus of the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) to accommodate about 250 direct procurement positions currently based in Kentucky.
The decision followed approval of state and local incentives announced this week by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and York Township, the automaker said in a statement.
Osamu Nagata, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, said: “The Toyota Technical Center has been the driving force behind our engineering and R&D activities in North America for more than 35 years, so I am pleased and proud that we will continue to grow these operations. We look forward to strengthening our ties with Michigan even further.”
The expansion of the TTC campus is a key element of Toyota’s ongoing consolidation of its North American operations, which includes the establishment of a new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. The move of 250 people from Kentucky to Michigan is part of that plan. The procurement posts are currently based at the manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger.
Nagata added: “With this move, we are bringing our direct procurement activities closer to the strongest automotive supply base in the world. As we go from concept to mass production of our vehicles, having our direct procurement and engineering functions in close proximity will help us continue creating products that exceed our customers’ expectations, both now and in the future.”