Toyota to Expand Technical Center in York Township, Create 250 Jobs
- Aug 27, 2014
At the beginning of August Toyota Motor North America pledged $1 million to the City of Detroit toward the Detroit Institute of Arts’ effort to raise $100 million as part of a larger commitment to protect the museum’s art collection and also help the city emerge from bankruptcy. Now, the Japanese automaker is looking to grow its investment in Michigan by expanding the Toyota Technical Center in York Township, a few miles south of Ann Arbor, as the company will consolidate its national headquarters in Plano, Texas.
According to MLive.com, this expansion will accommodate approximately 250 direct procurement jobs that are currently based in Erlanger, Kentucky, and is a key component of the company’s ongoing consolidation of the North American operations.
The $187 million Toyota Technical Center in York Township opened in 2008 on nearly 700 acres of land that the automaker had purchased from the state in 2005. Spanning 530,000 square feet of space, the center incorporates two large buildings—a crash test/safety facility and an engineering design building—with around 1,100 employees, mostly engineers and designers. The Detroit News reported that the 250 positions will be relocated from Erlanger to York Township by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.
Toyota will invest $32.5 million in expanding its Technical Center in York Township and will receive an additional $4 million tax incentive through the Michigan Business Development Program. Further financial help is expected to come from the York Township in the form of 12-year property tax abatements valued at $4.6 million.
“Toyota’s expansion reflects the company’s recognition that the Ann Arbor region can accommodate its future growth and product development,” said in an official statement Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization that helped Toyota through the incentives process.
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