Growing the green Toyota campus in Plano has been a few years in the making now. With more than 1,200 tons of Texas limestone to twelve acres of glass, 17,000 tons of reinforcing steel and thousands of construction workers on the site daily, Toyota’s new Texas facility is beginning to feel like home.
In fact, more than 2,000 daily workers have poured concrete equivalent to the length of 477 AT&T Stadiums. And those 1,200 tons of limestone? It equals the weight of 340 Texas-built Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition trucks. Keeping it in perspective, consider the fact that the 12 acres of glass easily equates to almost 50,000 2017 Tacoma truck windshields.
Drought tolerant landscaping will use no fertilizers at the campus. No chemicals and no artificial irrigation will be used, either. The on-site solar panels are also poised green and will produce 7.75-megawatts of electricity. The remainder of the electricity will be generated by Texas wind farms.
“Our new state-of-the-art North American headquarters is designed to stimulate ever better ways to serve our team members, customers, and community,” said Toyota CEO Jim Lentz. “As we get closer to completion, we look to recruit people who want to challenge what’s possible at Toyota and within the auto industry.
With that in mind, Toyota will be growing jobs in the area. The new Toyota campus is expected to be looking for more than 1,000 new team members when the new green campus is complete.
“We will be hiring more than 1,000 new team members across numerous functions, and our hope is that they will help us in Toyota’s mission to address mobility challenges for everyone, now and in the future” Lenz concluded.
On a local and national level Toyota strives to work with key community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address many of society’s most pressing mobility challenges. The company shares company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits in order to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places.
Toyota currently is the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. Over the past 50 years, Toyota has produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America with 14 operational manufacturing plants, 10 in the United States. There are more than 44,000 people employed by Toyota — more than 34,000 in the U.S. and 1,800 North American dealerships, which have sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks. Reportedly about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Lenz said the green Toyota campus is expected to open sometime in mid-2017.