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Toyota to move 1500 jobs out of Erlanger

ERLANGER, Ky. (WKRC) -- Toyota is consolidating much of its U.S. operations and moving them to a new headquarters in Plano, Texas. That will affect operations at its North American Manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger.

Toyota's new headquarters in Texas will house 4,000 people and serve as the hub for North American marketing, manufacturing and finance operations. One thousand Erlanger employees will be moved to Plano. Employees from California and New York will also be moved. Most won't transition to Plano until the new headquarters is complete in late 2016 or early 2017.

Some Erlanger employees will move to Ann Arbor, as Toyota expands the Toyota Technical Center. Another 250 direct procurement positions will move from Erlanger to the York campus. And about 300 production engineering positions in Erlanger will be relocated to a new facility to be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown. Even after the move, Toyota says it will still have 8,200 employees in Kentucky.

Toyota says to support communities in Kentucky and California, the automaker has pledged a $10 million philanthropic commitment for non-profits and community organizations in those years over a five-year period beginning in 2017.

Toyota says the reorganization is part of its effort to enhance regional autonomy, self-reliance and responsibility.

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