This morning saw the very last car roll off of the NUMMI
assembly line. At 9:40 a.m., a red Toyota Corolla
drove off under the watchful eyes of workers, white-collars and union leaders. Toyota
and General Motors
have been cranking out cars and trucks at the facility since 1984, but GM
backed out of the partnership in June of last year as part of its restructuring program. Toyota
announced it would be closing down operations soon after, and, true to its word, things shut down this morning.
is reporting that worker reactions were varied, with some heading off to local bowling
alleys [Thanks, Wobbly_ears!
] while others fought to hold back tears. And what of that last car? Word has it the Corolla
will eventually find its way to a museum somewhere in Japan.
[Source: Mercury News
| Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]