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Toyota Headquarters Plans To Move From Torrance To Texas

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Torrance, CA - From Susan Hirasuna:

Toyota announced it's moving its national headquarters from Torrance to Plano, Texas. The move doesn't come immediately.  The car manufacturer will build a state of the art facility in Texas.  The first wave of workers will leave California next year. By 2017, the last of the roughly five thousand jobs will head to the lone star state.

The announcement came as a surprise to Torrance's mayor, who said the city will work hard to fill Toyota's void. He was asked if the city tried to keep Toyota from leaving, his answer.  "We could offer up alot of things but we recognize that the deal they have, it would take the state of California to be a part of, not the city of Torrance.

That's the problem, cities have little tools to affect these kind of moves.

Texas Governor Rick Perry was quite smug about Toyota's move, explaining the company's decision to leave California this way, "They left because they are over taxed, over regulated, over litigated and businesses can't find the skilled workforce they need."

At a restaurant not far from Toyota's headquarters, Chef Michael Shafer told me how much Toyota affects his restaurants.  "When Toyota closes for Christmas break, I close my restaurant.  When Toyota closes for Memorial Day weekend, I close that Monday, because without Toyota, there is no business here.

Toyota's employee were told not to comment about the move, but one man told me that he and his colleagues have mixed feelings.  He said, he hasn't decided if he'll move with Toyota and leave behind Torrance and our golden state.

Toyota is moving thousands of employees from its Torrance headquarters to Plano, Texas.  The company says it's a move to consolidate workers from different divisions located in New York, Kentucky, and Southern California to one campus in the Dallas suburb. 

It's a setback for the City of Torrance which has been home to the North American Toyota Headquarters since 1982.  

Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto says, "it's sad news, Toyota is leaving the city of Torrance which means 4000 jobs will be leaving the South Bay."

Toyota says it will keep roughly two thousand jobs in Southern California.  In a news release, North American CEO Jim Lentz says the consolidation makes sense in making the company more efficient adding, "This, in turn, will strengthen our ability to put customers first and to continue making great products that exceed their expectations."

The move is set to take place beginning in 2016 and will be completed within a year. 

Mayor Scotto says the city's budget would take a 1.2M dollar hit because of the move, plus negatively effect the surrounding community.  He is vowing to lure more companies to fill the void Toyota is leaving.  Ultimately, he says the "State needs to do more to keep California competitive with other states offering better incentives."

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