Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore said Tuesday that he
feels blindsided and that it was a little unfair that Toyota is closing its
Northern American engineering and manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger.
like other Northern Kentucky leaders say they had no idea Toyota was looking to
move. Moore told our Rob Williams on Tuesday's FOX 19 Morning News that
officials received an email around 11 a.m. Monday saying there was a conference
call at 1:45 p.m. and during that call officials learned about the closing.
"We have quarterly meetings there to talk
about relationships between the community and Toyota," he said. (There was) no
sign (and) no warning at all."
Toyota plans to move its Erlanger employees to suburban Dallas, Michigan
and Georgetown, Ky., the company announced Monday. Locally, that means about
1,550 jobs gone and the loss of a corporate headquarters.
The new facility will be in Plano, Texas where the Japanese auto
manufacturer will consolidate its three separate North American headquarters
for manufacturing, sales, marketing and corporate operations into one campus.
The company's North American finance division will also move to Texas.
The company said altogether the moves will affect approximately 4,000
The move will impact about 1,000 employees at Toyota Motor Engineering &
Manufacturing North America Inc. in Erlanger. Toyota said it will expand its
Toyota Technical Center near Ann Arbor, Mich. for the relocation of
approximately 250 Erlanger positions.
The company said about 300 production engineering positions
based in Erlanger will be relocated to a new facility to be built at Toyota
Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, Ky. with about 1,000 administrative
Erlanger jobs being moved to Plano.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the state offered Toyota $40
million through its Texas Enterprise Fund that offers companies incentives.
Also impacted are approximately 2,000 employees at Toyota
Motors Sales USA Inc. in Torrance, Calif. and "certain employees" at
Toyota Motor North America in New York.
Moore said the community would have given Toyota "all we had"
in incentives to keep them. He said that
Kentucky doesn't exactly have that type of fund as Texas does but officials
would have found a way to keep the company here.
"Based on the information we have today, this was not
incentive driven," he said. "This was a management decision made at a much
higher level. If we had had an opportunity to come to the table with
incentives, we could have been competitive. But this was more about a management
decision by them to bring California, New York and Northern Kentucky jobs to
The Texas campus is expected to be completed in late 2016 or
early 2017. Small groups will start moving this summer from Toyota's Erlanger,
California and New York facilities.
Moore said during that two-year period officials will be
utilizing all of its resources to make sure quality jobs are brought in and
give employees possibly the opportunity to not leave the area.
Moore said the Toyota's decision was not driven because of
the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport which has fewer flights and
consistently is one of the most expensive in the country. He said Toyota said that closing the Erlanger
facility is not because of anything the local community did or did not do. He
said instead it was an upper level management decision to find efficiencies.
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