California’s last auto manufacturing plant, New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. (previously a joint-venture between GM and Toyota) is official dead. GM will not produce any cars there, and as of this morning reports are flying around that Toyota will liquidate their stake in the Fremont plant. No word on what will happen to the 4,600 workers employed at the plant.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the UAW operates at NUMMI, and their contracts will expire at the end of the month. Toyota has so far resisted the UAW’s attempts to unionize their plants. That being said, NUMMI UAW employees have been highly trained in Toyota’s efficient production techniques, so hopefully they will be relatively employable somewhere else. No word on what will happen to the tooling or the facility. We’ll keep you posted.
[Source: Mercury News]