Tag Archives: Auto Manufacturing

Chinese Not Really Sniffing Around Fremont...Yet

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As noted here repeatedly, Chinese manufacturers are investing in Los Angeles. And soon, possibly, Fremont, too.  At least, that’s the hope, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Bruce Kern, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, led a … Continue reading »


GUEST POST: A NUMMI Worker Says Goodbye

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There are A LOT of stories on NUMMI pegged to the closure today.  Many of them are excellent – especially the latest from NPR’s Richard Gonzales. For this blog, I thought it would be lovely to hear directly, and at … Continue reading »


Last Day

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They knew this was coming for half a year.  They knew this was coming Thursday.  But it wasn’t until the cold morning air hit their faces on the way out of the plant less than an hour after the 6 … Continue reading »


LA #1 - On a Sinking Manufacturing Ship

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Here’s a shout-out to a comprehensive profile of LA’s manufacturing situation by Howard Fine in the Los Angeles Business Journal. LA may be the nation’s leader in terms of manufacturing jobs, he notes, but the pie is shrinking. “Yes, yes,” … Continue reading »


We'll take your plant

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In the waning days of NUMMI, some would-be electric car manufacturers are coming forward with proposals to take over the plant, contingent on the generous help of the federal government and/or Toyota. Aurica Motors of Santa Clara says it’s talking … Continue reading »


Does NUMMI Play a Role in the Toyota Recall?

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In case you were wondering, New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. was not directly responsible for Toyota’s sticky accelerator pedals, the initial cause of last month’s massive recall. Also, NUMMI won’t be doing any work related to the fix. Lance Tomasu, … Continue reading »


Video: NUMMI on "This Week in Northern California"

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If you take your news best via video, I summarized the NUMMI story on KQED’s “This Week in Northern California” last Friday night. Check out the video below — the NUMMI talk begins at 9:31 in.  (That said, it’s worth … 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 »


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 »