The Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has broken ground for a $126 million expansion. The plant is one of two North American supports, and the expansion will help accommodate growing demand for the brand’s most popular vehicles and for the research and development that goes into creating them.
The two new buildings will include a prototype facility for vehicle development and a new supplier center. More than 250 Toyota employees will relocate from the Cincinnati area to Ann Arbor to help run the supplier center. Additionally, the plant’s powertrain development facility will be expanded to accommodate the development of a larger number of engines and automatic transmissions. The powertrain development facility will bring in about 85 engineers from California.
“The expansion of this campus is a key element of Toyota’s ongoing unification of our North American operations, which includes a new headquarters in Plano, Texas,” said Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz in a statement. “Investments here in Michigan will intensify Toyota’s engineering, product development and procurement capabilities. The impact of this will be felt by our customers through improved quality, adoption of new technologies and greater value of the vehicles we produce.”
Construction will be complete in late 2016, and is expected to help Toyota’s research and development teams become more efficient and centralized.