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New Save NUMMI Rally

I’m told it’s from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday the 20th. I wasn’t told whether it’ll be outside the plant or outside the union hall across the street. But this time I’m getting word from a union member, and not a caller to KQED or some dude on Twitter.

Matt Artz

  • http://www.ishanforcouncil.com Ishan Shah

    Matt,

    My movement at the national level has stirred some response. This rally is a very good additional step.

  • Marty

    Ishan, did you play a role in organizing this rally?

  • http://www.ishanforcouncil.com Ishan Shah

    No sir. I attempted to contact Sergio Santos, the UAW local president before I went in to meet the Senators,sadly I never got an answer. It was a missed opportunity for direct conversation =[

  • bbox231

    Through a haze of emotional wishful thinking there are some hard business-related factors NUMMI is weighing in on.

    Real estate, personnel, and insurance benefits paid to Bay Area employees are amongst the highest in the nation. Without significant offsetting cost advantages, this would be a terribly inefficient place to operate a manufacturing facility.

    NUMMI was a joint-partnership and at one time represented an advantage to both GM and Toyota. GM received the benefit of side-by-side training of their managers. In return, Toyota (I speculate) received production lines in the U.S. (among their first) at (I speculate) advantageous cost basis (the plant already existed and GM had amortized the cost of that facility over many years).

    Even if GM were to offer Toyota an impossibly advantageous deal on the facility – Toyota still has to decide if there is a long-term cost advantage to paying U.S (and California-based) workers to build cars.

    Are there workers elsewhere in the world willing and skilled sufficiently to assemble these same vehicles and willing to do so for a fraction of the cost of someone commanding a Bay Area salary and benefits ? Transport costs increase precipitously when you manufacture off-shore – but, from all outward appearances these one-time costs do not seem to hinder those who build vehicles outside the US and ship them to dealers every day.

    For the sake of our community, I hope that NUMMI stays. The needs of our community are not a part of the NUMMI (now Toyota) balance sheet.

  • Vinnie Bacon

    Bbox,

    Unfortunately, it’s hard to disagree with your realistic assessment of the situation. My hope is that transportation costs outweigh some of the production costs making a California plant feasible. The west coast is a healthy market for cars, especially ones like the Prius.

    I just saw this in the Argus this morning. It doesn’t sound good. :(

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_13106548

  • SMALLS

    Report: Toyota to pull out of NUMMI plant by March
    By George Avalos
    Contra Costa Times
    Posted: 08/14/2009 10:25:37 PM PDT
    Updated: 08/15/2009 09:38:44 AM PDT

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    Expanded coverage of New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI)
    Toyota Motors Corp. is pondering an end to production at the NUMMI automobile plant in Fremont by March 2010, according to a published report in a major Japan-based newspaper.

    The termination of Toyota production at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. factory will be announced by the end of this month, Asahi Shimbun reported in its Saturday editions.

    Asahi Shimbun cited no sources in its report. The report was distributed by Dow Jones Newswires.

    NUMMI produces the Toyota Corolla compact car, the Toyota Tacoma truck and the Pontiac Vibe hatchback.

    About 4,700 people work at the Fremont automotive plant. For a quarter-century, NUMMI has been a 50-50 joint venture between General Motors Corp. and Toyota.

    General Motors will halt production of the Vibe this month. That was part of GM’s decision to stop making the Pontiac brand.

    When GM emerged from its bankruptcy a few weeks ago, it decided to withdraw from the NUMMI joint venture, leaving Toyota as the sole manufacturer at the plant.

    After GM’s disclosure, Toyota indicated in multiple instances that it might also exit the NUMMI venture. Toyota officials have repeatedly said they would disclose a decision by Aug. 31 about Toyota’s future plans for NUMMI.

    Toyota intends to shift production of the Tacoma trucks to a factory in Texas, the newspaper said, without naming a source.

  • SMALLS

    Toyota To Move Nummi Plant Out Of Bay Area
    Posted: 5:20 pm PDT August 15, 2009

    FREMONT, Calif. — The campaign to keep Toyota at Fremont’s Nummi plant appears to have failed.

    A Japanese newspaper reported Saturday that Toyota has decided to end production at the plant next March, and move production to Texas.

    The report says Toyota will announce the decision soon.

    Some 4,700 workers at the factory make Toyota Corollas and Tacoma Trucks, and are about to stop making the GM Pontiac Vibe.

    After General Motors made its decision to pull out of the plant, local and state officials tried to keep Toyota in Fremont, urging that the Prius be made there.
    Copyright 2009 by KTVU.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or

  • Matt Artz

    As far as comments being stuck in moderation, the way the system is supposed to work is the first comment from a new email address must be approved by us here at the Argus, which usually means me. I was on vacation last week, so I wasn’t checking the block as frequently as usual. Once the first comment is approved, future comments from that address should post automatically. Also, sometimes things just don’t work. A few weeks ago, for example, about 10 comments ended up in the spam folder, and I had to retrieve them. This is a pretty low-budget operation. Sometimes there are glitches. No malice intended.

  • bbox231

    wrong thread Matt