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McLaren Latest Automaker To Abandon High Tax State For Texas

The migration of automakers and other businesses from high-tax states to Texas continues. This time it’s New York that loses a company.

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McLaren, The Americas has a brand-new North American headquarters in Coppell, Texas. The company’s President, Nicolas Brown, and the Mayor of Coppell, Wes Mays, were joined by more than 50 enthusiastic McLaren supercar owners on Saturday to officially inaugurate the company’s grand opening.

"With the massive growth of McLaren in the Americas over the past decade, we have continuously been trying to keep pace with the needs we have as an organization to ensure that we deliver the ultimate service to both customers and retailers, Said Mr. Brown.
“This new Texas facility means we now have both the space and the location to deliver even faster and more effective support for the retail network throughout the Americas, as well as be cost-effective in the maintenance of our own vehicles and provision of training courses to our retailers.”

The new facility features:
-A large open, office area with adjoining training rooms that capture the spirit and feel of an automotive design studio
-A supercar showroom and presentation area split into two areas, that can be combined or used separately, and feature a state of the art 12-foot by 8-foot video screen, custom designed in Italy, that is motorized to rise and reveal vehicles in a dramatically lit alcove behind
-An MSO Brand Center where McLaren customers can individualize their new supercar in a myriad of ways, in consultation with designers and engineers in the brand’s Woking, UK headquarters to create unique specifications and finishes
-A state-of-the-art workshop area with aircraft grade lighting, featuring four vehicle lifts (with four more to be added in the new year), fast charge stations, tire mounting and balancing, training bays and dedicated classrooms, plus an infinity cove for vehicle photography

McLaren is moving from a 4,500-square-foot downtown New York City office suite to a custom designed 31,000 square-foot facility in a high-tech industrial park in Coppell, Texas. The location McLaren has chosen is approximately a 30-min drive from Toyota’s new(ish) headquarters in Plano. Toyota relocated to Texas in 2017.

Wes Mays, the Mayor of Coppell, commented on the new facility, saying, "This is a truly stunning facility, and we are thrilled a company as prestigious as McLaren, The Americas, has decided to move to Coppell. McLaren Automotive is a great corporate partner with a long history of performance, innovation, and excellence, who have already helped to support community events and engaged with our local schools in their short time here. We are honored that they have chosen Coppell as their new home.”

According to the Texas Economic Development & Tourism, Texas has 1,750 automotive manufacturing plants, making the state seventh in the country for automotive employment. McLaren isn’t building cars in Texas - Yet. Every McLaren supercar is still hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

McLaren was founded in 1963 and is considered by many the global leader in luxury automotive and elite motorsports. The company has both an Automotive supercar and Racing business.

Image of Texas HQ by McLaren The Americas

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