On January 20, 2015, Toyota formally broke ground on its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas – marking an important milestone that will help shape our future.

During the ceremony, Toyota North America’s CEO Jim Lentz was joined by Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere in commemorating the start of construction on the nearly 100-acre headquarters campus. “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,” Jim said.

A 2015 Texas-built Toyota Tundra specially-equipped with an industrial plow took center stage at the event, turning over the first dirt to commence site development. To further mark the occasion, a semi-permanent, locally designed and manufactured installation was unveiled during the ceremony: the word “TOYOTA” in large letters, standing 10 feet tall and 64 feet wide. Inside each letter are native Texan Yaupon Holly trees, which represent “wish” trees, a Japanese cultural tradition.

Students from the Plano ISD Academy High School and participants at the ceremony contributed to the event by hanging handwritten notes on the trees representing their wishes, dreams, hopes and inspirations. Over the next few years, we’ll continue to add wishes from team member and associates that will be included as part of a special time capsule at the grand opening of the new campus.

Check out Toyota’s press release about the ground-breaking ceremony.