Author Archives: KQED News Staff

Still Making Planes in Long Beach

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About 5,000 people work in Long Beach on the Boeing C-17. The massive plane can carry tanks, people and disaster relief supplies across long distances – yet take off, land and maneuver on short dirt runways.  President Obama cites it … Continue reading »


NUMMI Workers Look for Public Support

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The Silicon Valley International Auto Show wrapped up this weekend. As car shoppers examined new models inside, petitions were circulated outside by members of the union that represents 4,700 auto workers at NUMMI. The union is asking Toyota to reconsider … Continue reading »


Auto Workers to Get More Federal Aid

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About 5,000 NUMMI employees are set to get additional federal assistance when the Fremont auto plant shuts down next March. Less than a month after the state applied for the aid, the U.S. Department of Labor approved the additional benefits … Continue reading »


New Manufacturing Plant to Open in the East Bay

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New manufacturing plants are a rare sight these days, but there’s one opening up this week in the East Bay city of Pittsburg. U.S. Steel and two South Korean companies have joined forces in a venture called United Spiral Pipe. … Continue reading »


NUMMI Suppliers Brace for Worst

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Toyota’s decision to shut down its operation at Fremont’s NUMMI auto plant early next year will send ripples throughout the region and the state. Beyond the 4,500 workers the plant employs, there’s a network of suppliers and vendors throughout California … Continue reading »


Toyota to Abandon NUMMI

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Toyota’s board of directors voted early today to end the company’s contract with NUMMI, the joint venture with GM begun in 1984. A spokeswoman confirmed Toyota’s plans to end production at the Fremont plant in March of next year. NUMMI’s … Continue reading »


GM Dumps Fremont Partnership

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General Motors today said it’s pulling out of its joint venture facility with Toyota. New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) in Fremont currently has 5,400 employees. The Detroit automaker had come to the decision as part of its ongoing restructuring … Continue reading »