Category Archives: NUMMI

Toyota, the Biggest Car Manufacturer in California

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At the LA Auto Show, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., debuted the second-generation RAV4 EV. The basic vehicle will be manufactured in Woodstock, Ontario.  Tesla will build the battery and related bits in Palo Alto.  “The method and installation location of … Continue reading »


New Congress, New Playing Field

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A number of advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. What that means for California’s green tech industry is covered in haze, or possibly smog. Tiffany Hsu of the LA Times goes on to posit that federal lawmakers will … Continue reading »


NUMMI Refugee Finds Job at Bloom Energy

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Half a year after NUMMI closed, what happened to those former auto workers in the San Francisco Bay Area? 47-hundred people lost their jobs in Fremont – thousands more working for suppliers were also cut loose… at a time when … Continue reading »


Don't Discount the Europeans

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Have you noticed the Daimler AG stake in Tesla? Then there’s Karma production, expected to ramp up early next year at Valmet in Uusikaupunki, Finland – with a little help from some folks in Delaware. Then there’s Peraves of Switzerland. … Continue reading »


Opening Soon at an Auto Plant Near You

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October 1st is the big day. Tesla Motors plans to open the old NUMMI plant, which is of course, now the “Tesla Factory.” The San Jose Mercury News tells us 40 people already work out of an office set up … Continue reading »


Thousands of NUMMI Alums Still Unemployed

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Over 2,000 NUMMI assembly workers still looking for work engaged in hollers, handshakes and hugs at a job fair Wednesday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.  KQED sent reporter Adelaide Chen to cover this event, coordinated by workforce investment … Continue reading »


More on the NUMMI Layoffs

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About 300 workers injured in the last days before NUMMI closed, could benefit from a proposed class-action lawsuit to be filed later today against NUMMI and Toyota. That from the Oakland Tribune. The deal ironed out between NUMMI and  leaders … Continue reading »


Grove: The Tragic Mistake of Offshoring

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The head of Intel is having a hard time digesting the unemployment in Silicon Valley.  He writes in Bloomberg BusinessWeek that successful start-ups these days have their manufacturing done on the cheap in Asia – and that this trend doesn’t … Continue reading »


Bits & Pieces

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Folks in government are beginning to wonder when private industry is going to, um, hire people. 12.4% is better than 12.6%, but I don’t see a lot of Californians breaking out the bubbly.  The Governator’s response: While the decline of … Continue reading »


UAW's Future in Fremont

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At the United Auto Workers 35th constitutional convention, union organizers are talking about engaging young people, fighting corporate power, and unionizing whatever follows NUMMI in Fremont.  The Detroit News offers the full text of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s speech, in … Continue reading »