It wasn’t your traditional ribbon-cutting, shovel-digging ceremony in Plano, Texas when Toyota broke ground on its new headquarters on January 20th.
“The support and encouragement we’ve received from the community, civic leaders, business partners and nearby corporations has been nothing short of tremendous,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. “Our goal is to build an environmentally-sustainable campus that our new neighbors will welcome and our team members and associates will be proud to call home.”
Rather than bulldozing every tree in sight, Toyota’s ceremony actually included the addition of trees. The Texan Yaupon Holly trees, traditionally “wish” trees in the Japanese culture, were placed inside each letter of a 10-foot tall and 64-foot wide “TOYOTA” installation.
Students from the Plano ISD Academy High School and other members of the community were able to write down their wishes, hopes, and dreams and post the notes onto the trees. Eventually, the notes will be placed into a time capsule.
When the facility is complete, the trees and “TOYOTA” installation will be planted as a symbol of the long-standing relationship between the Japan and the US, as well as Toyota’s commitment to the community of Plano, Texas.
Toyota plans for construction to be completed by late next year or early 2017. We at Wondries Toyota will keep you updated as Toyota’s move to North Texas progresses.