Category Archives: NUMMI

Assume Nothing

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Ron Anderson worked at NUMMI, for 12 years, but he wasn’t an employee. He co-owned one of a host of supplier companies that fed into the plant with parts and services. Anderson did quality control.  “If they had a quality … Continue reading »


Staying in California? Torrance Looks Good

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Sara Backner worked at NUMMI for 13 years. Her last assignment there was Senior Group Leader in the Toyota Production System office. She was also one of 25 people who stayed on after NUMMI closed officially on April 1st, 2010 … Continue reading »


More on the NUMMI Diaspora

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Salvador Sanchez worked at NUMMI for more than 18 years. He was a manager of a plastics shop, 45, and when the plant closed, the sole breadwinner for his family. He grew up in Fremont, bought a house in Dublin, … Continue reading »


Moved to Kentucky

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Robert Pagan filled a number of roles at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., but by the end, he was training supervisors. After Toyota announced it was pulling out of the plant in August, he could see NUMMI was going to … Continue reading »


Early Retirement Was Not an Option

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Jason Medeiros worked at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. for about 14 years. He started on the truck frame line, installing engines and connecting brake lines.  He worked the night shift for the first three years. That was a hard … Continue reading »


LAN, or "Life After NUMMI"

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Mark O’Kennon was an Assistant Manager in Quality Control for the truck and car operations, overseeing as many as 180 people at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. when the plant closed last year. He was there for 25 years. He … Continue reading »


Write a Resume to Win a Job

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With unemployment in California resolutely stuck around 12.4%, I offer this tidbit from Craig Palmquist, manager of the NUMMI Reemployment Center in Fremont.  He’s managed a number of similar centers around the country. Palmquist says a lot of people go … 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 Gravitational Pull of China

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A recent report from iSuppli, an El Segundo technology research firm, predicts China will dominate nearly 72 percent of new photovoltaic manufacturing capacity this year. Chinese companies hold seven of the positions on iSuppli’sT op 10 list, representing 6,445 megawatts … Continue reading »