Toyota says most California employees moving to Plano headquarters

Most of Toyota’s employees at its headquarters in Southern California will make the move to its new North Texas campus next year in a sign that the company is succeeding in its quest for high retention rates, a top executive said.

Jim Lentz is chief executive for Toyota Motor North America.

In raw numbers, Lentz said Thursday that about 3,000 employees from the company’s headquarters in Torrance, Calif., and from smaller operations in Kentucky and New York will relocate. Only a small number of people have yet to decide.

In order to fill the jobs of the thousand or so employees that are leaving Toyota rather than make the move to Texas, the automaker has already posted about 350 positions on the careers area of its website and another 650 positions or so will be posted over time.

The new campus is on schedule to open mid-year 2017.

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