Toyota's U.S. operations just turned 60.
Toyota is celebrating 60 years in the United States. The Japanese automaker first setup shop in the U.S. back on October 31, 1957.
Toyota is now an international Juggernaut, but that wasn't exactly the case back in 1957. Toyota's first U.S headquarters was a 3,000 square foot office setup in a former Rambler dealership in Hollywood, California. Toyota's biggest nameplates at the time were the Toyopet Crown small car and Land Cruiser SUV.
Toyota steadily grew its U.S. footprint over the last six-decades and now has 10 production facilities and nearly 1,500 Toyota and Lexus dealerships in operation here. Those facilities contribute to 136,000 American jobs.
"Celebrating our anniversary isn't just about the products we've sold the past 60 years," said Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz. "It's also about celebrating Toyota's thousands of employees who will help the company embark on the next leg of its American journey and continuing to improve our products and services for our customers."
Toyota is commemorating its 60th anniversary by moving a time capsule dedicated to the its 50th anniversary to the company's new headquarters in Plano, Texas. The time capsule, which includes items like a 2000GT die cast matchbox edition model car, an original key for a 1977 Toyota Hilux truck and a Toyota Formula One racer scale model, was originally dedicated at the company's former headquarters in Torrance, California.