The Governor of the fair but bankrupt state known as California has the following to say about the NUMMI plant liquidation announcement. Will he be able to forestall permanent Toyota action on the plant? Who knows. Click through to read the press release.
Statement From Governor Schwarzenegger:
Governor Schwarzenegger Reiterates Commitment to Continuing to Work to Keep NUMMI Operations in California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Administration today reiterated its commitment to continuing to work with New United Motor Manufacturing, Incorporated (NUMMI) partners, Toyota, federal officials and all relevant stakeholders to ensure the future success of the NUMMI manufacturing plant located in Fremont, CA.
“The Schwarzenegger Administration is actively engaged with NUMMI’s partners, Toyota, federal officials, local officials, labor, suppliers and other stakeholders to work together to ensure the future success of the facility,” said David Crane, the Governor’s special advisor for jobs and economic growth. “Our office will continue to respect Toyota’s wishes to keep discussions private as we work together to determine the best path for ensuring NUMMI’s continued operations in Fremont.
California is Toyota’s largest U.S. market. In addition to speaking with federal officials such as Dianne Feinstein today, the Governor has taken and will continue to take action to encourage the car company to manufacture in Fremont. Highlights of the Governor’s actions to date include:
· Governor Schwarzenegger has spoken to and corresponded with Toyota Executives including Toyota Motor Corporation President Mr. Akio Toyoda, Toyota North American President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Yoshibi Inaba and Toyota Motor Sales USA President Jim Lentz (please see attached letter).
· The Governor has spoken to and corresponded with federal car czar, Ron A. Bloom, the senior advisor on the Auto Industry at the U.S. Department of the Treasury responsible for helping transform the U.S.’ automobile industry (please see attached letter).
· The Governor has formed a “Red Team” coalition of stakeholders to work with NUMMI with the overarching goal of ensuring the facilities future success. Members of this coalition include: Schwarzenegger Administration officials, members of Congress, state legislators, Alameda County, the Port of Oakland, the city of Fremont, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, California Manufacturing Technology Association, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, private sector entities, labor groups and others.
· The Governor, in cooperation with the Bay Area Economic Development Agency, has sent a representative to Japan to meet with Toyota (as referenced in attached letter).