Friday, August 7, 2009

Officials Try to Save NUMMI

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 9:56 AM

State and local officials are proposing tens of millions of dollars of incentives to keep Toyota from closing its NUMMI auto plant in Fremont. According to the Contra Costa Times, the incentives, which are outlined in a letter to NUMMI from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, and Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman could top $50 million.

Toyota has not decided whether it plans to close the New United Motors Manufacturing plant in the wake of General Motors decision earlier this year to abandon its partnership with the Japanese auto maker. Toyota, which prefers to operate non-union facilities, also is in negotiations with the United Auto Workers union to cut costs at NUMMI, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which first broke the news about the incentives yesterday.

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