PLANO, Texas -- Toyota officials released on Thursday updated numbers on hiring at the new North American Headquarters in Plano. When the 100 acre campus opens in mid-2017 it will employ 4,000 workers.
"We're excited to bring our culture here," said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motors North America.
Lentz says about three-quarters of the workers are moving to North Texas with the company and they're looking to fill the remaining 1,000 positions locally.
The job range from engineering, sales and marketing, to finance. Toyota says it will especially focus on employing veterans looking for work.
Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said having a brand as well known as Toyota is bringing more companies to North Texas.
"Since the Toyota announcement we've had HIlti relocate, JP Morgan and Liberty Mutual's regional headquarters," LaRosiliere said.
City leaders estimate an additional 20,000 jobs will move into Plano and North Texas in the next two to three years.
"Well it's a company that makes 10 million cars a year,” LaRosiliere said. “Through their due diligence they put a spotlight on the area and made people take a second look.”
City leaders said there are challenges with this kind of growth, namely improving infrastructure and roads. Mayor LaRosiliere said Plano has set aside $80 million for road projects in the next year ahead of the corporate growth.
"We're trying to mitigate and improve those issues we see at peak times of travel," LaRosiliere said.
For anyone interested job opportunities with Toyota you can go to this website for local openings.
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