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Re: “NUMMI to Close in March

I would like to address my comment directly to the Senior Management at Toyota.

We are a NUMMI family and have been for 19 years. My father in law worked at NUMMBI for 25 years and I have many additional family members that have greater than 10 years continues employment that now face displacement and have been utterly disillusioned by Toyota's dishonorable decisions.

When my husband first started at NUMMI, he felt blessed to have such a wonderful job and was thankful for the opportunity but now we feel very disappointed in Toyota and are filled with complete regret as to what the future might bring for our family.

The Japanese pride themselves on Honor and I ask where was that honor on Thursday when the new team and board voted to close the NUMMI plant in March. Where is the reward for excellence for the workers who have exceeded excellence in manufacturing? I ask anyone listening where is the loyalty that should have been returned to those employees who over the course of 25 years have meet and exceeded all requests and demands winning award after award as proof of distinction. Instead, the bleed work force will be turned away like an old mistress, just thrown away. Sure there maybe alternatives in the long term for some employees e.g. relocation, other employment opportunities, but what about the ones like my husband who has only worked for NUMMI, what will he do now? In this economy nationwide, especially in California there is little hope that he can pick up where he left off somewhere else. I have been unemployed since mid-January 2009 and know there is not many opportunities manufacturing, only occasional job board listings. It maybe an additional 4,700 employees out there fighting for that same job I have been looking at for over six months... Now what will we do... Those of us with 20+ years of experience have too much to be employed in a lesser field and those with less time on the job cannot be placed with opportunities without the experience. It is a real rat race.

My last commits are about Toyota’s thought process… As a Materials Manager for over 20 years, I know that there are other alternatives to supply chain challenges that could have answered Toyota’s dilemma of cost management. I ask if it is to expensive to ship parts from the Mid West to supply the Fremont plant than how can it be any cheaper to import from Japan or Canada. With the trucks, going to Texas you might be closer to your suppliers but the cost to transport vehicles to California, one of your largest markets for the truck and Corolla will be considerable. Has no one at Toyota have there Materials Supply Chain management thinking cap on? On the other hand, was this just the perfect opportunity to dump an agreement that Toyota has wanted out of for some time.

From this day, forward my family, extended family, friends and anyone that will listen to me will be asked and encouraged to never purchase a Toyota vehicle again. Our entire family drives Toyota, but soon will trade them, as we cannot be faced with support such a dis-honorable company.

Toyota board members should remember while eating from there bowl, ours will be empy. When you are enjoying your family, mine will be in distress. When your family is warm and safe mine will be cold and without hope.

I say that Toyota has last face and has no honor with much shame. I feel that you should fall collectively on your Hari-kari knife in atonement.

Posted by AW Peralta on 08/29/2009 at 12:17 PM

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