Automaker Rocks the Block



Good food, live music, new friends — all the ingredients for a great neighborhood block party. That’s what’s happening today in Plano.


Toyota has pulled out all the stops to thank the community, civic leaders, business partners and nearby corporations for the warm welcome to The Lone Star State.


“We are thrilled to be here in Plano and look forward to a fantastic day of celebration with our new neighbors,” said Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz. “This is just the start of what I know will be a long-lasting friendship.”


The “Hello Texas” celebration features the food of 18 diverse community restaurants and residents will rock the day and night away with live concerts from some of Texas’ most recognizable music superstars.


Earlier this morning Mr. Lentz and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin announced a $1 million contribution to the Plano ISD Academy High School. And, in an additional expression of gratitude to Plano, Toyota announced the donation of six Texas-built Tundra trucks to the city.


The free “Hello Texas” Block Party runs until 8 p.m. today at Bishop Park at Legacy Town Center. Among the musical guests on tap are headliner Jack Ingram, who plays at 6:30. Click here for the full schedule of events.


Welcome to the neighborhood Toyota!





Toyota Scouts North Texas


We hope you saw Terry Box’s recent story in The Dallas Morning News about Toyota’s arrival in North Texas. We always enjoy Terry’s writing and we just loved the fun map illustrating his story.


The map, which coins the term “Toyotaville” for the site of the automaker’s new North American headquarters in Plano, highlights some of North Texas’ most-prominent companies, including Toyota’s new neighbors at Legacy Business Park, Frito-Lay (dubbed “Potato Chip Place”) and J.C. Penney (“James Cash City”).


A few other North Texas businesses to make it onto the map include 7-Eleven (“Slurpee City”), Kimberly-Clark (“Diaper Downs”) and the Mark Cuban Cos. (“Sharktown”). But, of course, our favorite is “Ukuleleland” aka Ebby Halliday Realtors. In case you didn’t know, our beloved founder, Ebby Halliday, is well known for her penchant for playing “Happy Days are Here Again” and other fun songs on her ukulele.


As Terry’s story recounts, over the next 30 months, Toyota will pack up its North American headquarters in California and move to Plano. The relocation could involve up to 4,000 employees and their families. Hundreds of others who work at businesses associated with Toyota are also likely to be coming to North Texas soon.


The first organized visits to the area began last week, with 200 Toyota employees arriving to learn more about North Texas and check out neighborhoods and schools. Two waves of employees will arrive each weekend for the next 27 weeks.


Ebby Halliday Realtors is proud to extend a warm Texas welcome to Toyota, its employees, their loved ones and associated businesses. Welcome to the neighborhood. We’re glad you are here!


Map illustration: Dallas  Morning News Staff Artist Michael Hogue  



Toyota Headquarters Moving to Plano

Toyota Headquarters Moves to Plano

Toyota confirmed this afternoon that it will move its U.S. headquarters to Plano.


This move will consolidate the company’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing, and corporate operations. Toyota’s finance division will also make the move to North Texas, most likely to Legacy business park.


The relocation will bring about 4,000 jobs from California, Kentucky, and New York to a brand new state-of-the-art campus to be completed in Plano by late 2016 or early 2017. Though the majority of workers will not move until construction is completed, small groups of workers will start moving to the area this summer. Toyota has committed to invest $300 million in the area, and has been granted $40 million by the state of Texas through the Texas Enterprise Fund.


The relocation will be the largest out-of-state move to Plano since J.C. Penney transferred its headquarters in the 1980’s. The state is already home to Toyota’s pickup plant in San Antonio and a General Motors Co. factory in Arlington.


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