Monthly Archives: January 2011

Zero Motorcycles to Manufacture More in Santa Cruz

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The new facility in Santa Cruz is expected to double the company’s current production capacity, and then some. Zero recently announced a $1.84 million ‘next generation’ powertrain project. Said Steve Salyer, Vice President of Operations: “Quality Control at the highest … Continue reading »


Are You Willing to Pay to Keep Manufacturing Here?

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Jeff Weir is economic development director for the city of Salinas. When he first arrived in Salinas three years ago, the first thing he did was review the past. “Salinas used to have large numbers of manufacturing jobs: baggage handling … Continue reading »


California: EV Designer for the World

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Like it or not, California is competing for manufacturing jobs, with other states and overseas. In fact, local governments in foreign countries are competing with each other as well to lure American business. Priscilla Lu, board chair of Zap in … Continue reading »


Boeing Downshifts in Long Beach

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Boeing has announced it’s laying off 1,100 workers who build its giant C-17 cargo plane. Nine hundred of them work at the company’s sprawling plant in Long Beach.Under Boeing’s current layoff plan, the Long Beach plant will trim 400 jobs … Continue reading »


Union Pacific Owns 160 Acres Around NUMMI Plant

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At the tail end of last year, Union Pacific Railroad bought the property in two parcels from New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. The price is as yet unknown. “We plan to develop the property at an undetermined point in the … Continue reading »


Stoking Electric Car Lust in Detroit

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As the Detroit Auto Show gets ready to open to the public this Saturday, I direct your attention to one of the most detailed discussions of Tesla’s hope for the future, by Wired’s Chuck Squatriglia. The Palo Alto automaker sent … Continue reading »


The Shine of Success in Southern California

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It’s easy to take California’s culture for granted.  We know we’re a fun people, but therein lies another secret to our economic strength in a fast changing world.  Take, for instance, the after market car parts business. Brian Watt of … Continue reading »