• Aug 27, 2009
It's over. Or more to the point, it will be. Toyota Motor Corp. has reportedly announced that it will end production at Fremont, California's New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., better known as NUMMI. Despite protestations from workers and community members to the contrary, The Associated Press is reporting that Toyota's board has voted to shutter the plant effective March 2010. The plant's future had been called into question by General Motors announcing its intention to pull-out from the groundbreaking joint venture as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.

With General Motors' pullout from the facility and the production of its Pontiac Vibe along with it, Toyota has kept the factory's 4,600 workers busy assembling the Corolla and Tacoma. The move comes amidst word that the Japanese automaker has plans to cut production by up to one million units.

For its part, California officials attempted to rally an incentives package to convince Toyota to keep the plant open, but the effort to keep the plant in operation has evidently failed. With the half-year lead time before the facility's closure, lawmakers will be looking hard to find a new tenant to take over the facility.

[Source: The Associated Press via Google | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't exactly what California's budget needed right now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it is a good move for the company. Both business-wise and media-wise. They have planned production cuts anyway, this is one of their steps of getting these cuts in place. The Unions should stop interfering with the car manufacturers ... too bad GM could not cut the UAW out of their plants long time ago.

      Toyota should get back into producing quality cars ... and more appealing (I'm hoping...)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well Toyota does not have the most reliable cars of lately with so many recalls any ways but Now Toyota want to stick it to it's most major country of buyers! wow I say don't buy no Toyota's, after all it is not like buying a Toyota now of days is a good thing any ways with all it's recalls! If Toyota can't support this country's workers then skew them ...You have better cars that support the American workers like Hyundai, Honda , ford and GM of cause . There is a bad conception that unions are bad and I don't always agree with everything the UAW does but a union is what kept things fair in the 'cough' free market . with out unions most workers here would be making under 5 dollars a hr because with out unions there would likely not had been a min wage. Any one agaisns;t a union is unamerican as far as I am concerned! maybe it does not have to be the UAW but still a union is a good thing for the workers of main st
        • 5 Years Ago
        farmer0904 , your post was a pretty painful read mate. Against a Union= Un-American….seriously?

        I always hate seeing jobs lost. Who doesn't?

        Unions seemed to really protect people from being extorted and abused in the Industrial Revolution but they are a different breed now. Dealing with unions absolutely sucks. In my opinion, unions are just as greedy as any company, in today’s world. Some jobs are paid a truly insane amount of money and given cushy benefits for relatively simple work. Deserved or not, they inflate the cost of everything. In the USA, that inflation eventually rests on the backs of everyone… in some form or another.


        Maybe we need a Union to check the Unions who check the Company!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Unions suck in many ways, but if you want non-union, you get Wal-Mart wages and zero health care. Most big companies don't really care about you...the individual. They care about investors and stock prices. If it makes investors happy to cut down on employee-related costs by cutting wages or benefits, they do it. Without a union, you take it in the ass or leave. How 'bout you invest 3 years in a career with a company, do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay every day...you make it to a certain pay scale and you become expensive for the company. Solution? Fire you and hire a bottom-of-the-pay-scale replacement. Without a union...you're an "at will", the company can do what it wants.

        A better union eliminates the concept of tenure. Tenure allows people to dodge layoffs simply because their lazy asses have hung around longer. Performance-based raises and layoffs weed out the poor performers REGARDLESS of how long they've managed to suck down oxygen in the company. Involve the union in the performance standards and you end up with nearly mgmt-level perfomance with union wages and benefits.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Go back to English class, your comment was ignorant both in grammar and in intellects.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tractor boy, you act as though Toyota has so many recalls they are not even considered reliable vehicles anymore. Have you ever owned one, or did you once have a cow named Toyota who just didn't put out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It sucks, but is understandable. Honda and Toyota have a much larger supplier/factory network in the midwest...the NUMMI plant was just out there for the most part.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good move by Toyota they also need to further cut down on their plants in US (caused them 2 billion in losses this quarter) and move them to places like China.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh well it's on union anyways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More jobs saved by his holliness Obama! Way to go stupid.

      Its amazing the idiot campaigns to save America jobs and yet we keep losing them in record numbers. Spending is soaring, the deficit is out of control and the stimulus hasn't done a damn thing but add to the deficit.

      Someone impeach that fool before its too late!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, West Coasters - what are we to do now that the hallowed Toyota has closed up shop in our community? So much for all of us that bought one because we were supporting "local" jobs. Fortunately, the last one exited my garage 2 years ago and was replaced with a Cobalt SS. Never looked back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The union has nothing to do with NUMMI's closure. I am tired of hearing all these ignorant comments (probably just one person said it and a million jumped on the band wagon) about the UAW killing NUMMI. The UAW and NUMMI have an excellent relationship. Both worked very hard together over the past 25 years. You never heard a complaint from either side that one was getting over on the other. I have no doubt that the Local UAW and NUMMI management pulled all of the rabbits from their hat to convince Toyota that NUMMI is viable. The fact that NUMMI is closing has more to do with the high cost of a manufacturing facility in CA. Aside form the packages that CA offered Toyota, most of NUMMI's suppliers are midwest. NUMMI has an extremly high logistics cost compared to other macufacturing facilities. Besides, if you did your research you would know that NUMMI union members make a little more an hour than the workers in Kentucky.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The union has nothing to do with NUMMI's closure."
        You are joking aren't you? Not only did the presence of a union weight heavily in Toyotas decision to close NUMMI, it also shows how unions milk thier employees for dues but do little in return except promote hatred for the employer who pays thier bills. So what did all of the union dues at NUMMI do for the employees?

        Secure employee jobs? NOPE
        Give them security for thier future? NO
        Pay off thier mortgages? NO
        Help elect pro-union politicians? MAYBE
        Elect politicians that were able to keep the union jobs in the area? NO
        Line the pockets of the union officials? YEP

        So all of the millions in union dues were worthless to the employees at NUMMI.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Could the last business that leaves California please remember to turn the lights out?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow...there are going to be a lot of union workers sitting around doing nothing. So it will be just like another day at work for them. :)

      -Owl
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now they cannot brag on never closing a plant or brag about Corollas being made in the US. This won't be helpful in the media. Since Toyota had the majority of the production there, they cannot blame GM.
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