Toyota broke ground Tuesday for a new production engineering campus in Georgetown.
Costing $80 million, the campus will be completed in late 2017.
The 250,000-square-foot building will include a test lab and provide work space for approximately 700 employees. Some of them already work in Georgetown, Toyota spokesman Ashley Chatham said, but about 300 will move from Erlanger.
Bringing the company's engineering team under one roof is a key part of the company's unification of its North American operations, according to a news release from Toyota. Those operations include a new $300 million headquarters in Plano, Texas, that will employ 4,000, and a $32.5 million technical center addition in Ann Arbor, Mich., where an additional 250 employees will move.
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"The impact of these investments will be felt by our customers through improved quality, adoption of new technologies and greater value of the vehicles we produce, like the iconic Camry built here in Georgetown, Ky.," Toyota North American CEO Jim Lentz said.
Toyota announced in April 2014 that it would close its Erlanger office to establish a new North American operations headquarters in Plano. Toyota's manufacturing and engineering headquarters opened in Erlanger in 1996.