Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Future Is in Doubt for County's Largest Private Employer

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM

The future of Alameda County's largest private employer, the NUMMI auto plant, is in doubt because General Motors is pulling out of Fremont, according to the Chron. As part of its bankruptcy restructuring, GM is abandoning its longtime deal with Toyota to jointly make autos at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. factory. Toyota has not decided whether it will continue NUMMI on its own. One drawback could be that NUMMI workers are unionized and Toyota typically runs non-union auto plants.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg News reported that Toyota was thinking about assembling Priuses in Fremont, but the Chron quoted a Toyota spokesman who cast doubt on the accuracy of that story, saying the auto company still plans to build its popular hybrid cars in Mississippi. The Priuses would have replaced the lost revenues in Fremont now that the plant will no longer be building the Pontiac Vibe. The NUMMI plant employs about 4,700 workers.

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