Toyota closing Erlanger headquarters, 1600 jobs affected

ERLANGER, Ky. (WKYT) - On Monday, Toyota announced it will combine its corporate headquarters in North America into one location. Those locations are in Erlanger, Kentucky, California and New York. The new headquarters will be located in Plano, Texas.

Toyota sent a letter to Governor Steve Beshear detailing where Kentucky's jobs will go. 300 production engineering jobs will be moved to Toyota's plant in Georgetown. 250 direct procurement engineering positions will move to the Toyota Technical Center in York Township, Michigan and 1,000 administrative positions will move to Plano.

Toyota is currently adding 750 new jobs to the plant in Georgetown in preparation for the production of the Lexus ES beginning in 2015. The move will bring the number of Toyota employees in Kentucky to 8,200.

Governor Beshear issued a statement not long after the news broke saying "Obviously, we are extremely disappointed by Toyota's decision. We would have welcomed the opportunity to discuss options with Toyota, but we will now turn our attention to preparing for this transition. We also are disappointed that the lives of hundreds of Kentuckians will be disrupted, and we pledge to assist those families however we possibly can. This transition will take two to three years to achieve, and Toyota has assured us that the company plans to offer industry-leading programs and packages to its people... The Toyota officials have assured us that a continued strong presence in Kentucky is central to Toyota's ongoing success. Kentucky remains a powerful force in auto manufacturing, and we will do everything possible to maintain and strengthen Kentucky's position as one of the top states for the auto industry."

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