UPDATE 1-Toyota moving U.S. sales headquarters to Texas from California -sources

Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:18am EDT

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* Sales operations will relocate to suburban Dallas

* Employees to receive details in Monday webcast

* Financial services also moving to Texas (Rewrites with additional details on relocation)

By Anna Louie Sussman and Paul Lienert

NEW YORK/DETROIT, April 27 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp. is moving its U.S. sales headquarters from southern California to suburban Dallas, according to two people familiar with the company's plans.

The relocation likely will bring much of the Japanese automaker's far-flung U.S. operations under one roof, including sales, service, marketing, advertising, manufacturing and quality, the people said.

Details of the move were shared Friday with senior Toyota executives, the people said. Toyota employees received an email Sunday informing them of a Monday morning webcast from Jim Lentz, chief executive of Toyota North America, they said.

Toyota spokeswoman Julie Hamp would not confirm the move, but confirmed employees were invited to a webcast Monday and said details would be provided at that time.

The new Texas headquarters is expected to house at least three subsidiaries, the people said, including Toyota Motor Sales USA, Toyota Financial Services and Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America. The move will begin in August and will take place in stages through the end of 2016, they said.

Employees in Toyota's Torrance offices and other U.S. locations will be offered relocation packages and financial assistance, they said.

Toyota, which established operations in California in 1957, is the second Japanese automaker to relocate from the Los Angeles area.

Nissan Motor Co in 2006 moved most of its operations to Franklin, Tennessee, outside Nashville.

Toyota has a truck assembly plant in San Antonio, Texas, as well as manufacturing and assembly plants in eight other states, including Kentucky, Indiana and Mississippi. (Reporting by Anna Louie Sussman in New York and Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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