Operation moving to Dallas
ERLANGER, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2016) — Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is moving its Erlanger facilities to Dallas in 2017, which will result in layoffs for 648 Kentucky workers, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting.
Toyota said layoffs are expected to begin Jan. 3, 2017 and continue through the end of 2018. The Erlanger facility, which has been in operation since 1996, is expected to be shuttered by the 2017.
“Toyota, in its decision to move to Texas, studied how it could make its North American operations more efficient and it decided to consolidate work being done in California, Kentucky and New York,” reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Toyota North American CEO James Lentz said in a letter to then Gov. Steve Beshear in 2014: “Although Toyota’s Erlanger-based headquarters will eventually move, we know that a continued strong presence in Kentucky is central to Toyota’s ongoing success. We want to make clear that Toyota’s roots will remain deep in this state, and we plan to maintain a strong presence in Kentucky for decades to come.”
Toyota is one of the biggest taxpayers in the city of Erlanger.