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Nummi facility in Fremont, Calif.  (Source: The Auto Channel)
The last auto manufacturing plant on the west coast will close, Toyota confirms

The last remaining auto-making facility on the west coast will close in March now that Toyota confirmed rumors the plant will close at some point next year.

Toyota's board voted to halt production at the Nummi plant in Fremont, California, a facility built in 1984 that Toyota shared with General Motors.  GM ended the partnership several months ago, which immediately started rumors of a possible plant closure sometime in 2010.

The Nummi plant produces the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, and Tacoma along with the Pontiac Vibe (which is being killed along with the Pontiac brand).

United Auto Workers union members have entered negotiations with New United Motor Manufacturing officials, attempting to see if there is any way Toyota will keep the factory open longer.  The Nummi facility served as Toyota's first  manufacturing foray in the United States, with Nummi employees saying it was them who helped shape Toyota's success.

Toyota, which hasn't had to close a plant outside Japan, was rumored to announce the plant's closure last spring.  Nummi currently employs 4,600 employees, and if Toyota halts production, then the plant's closure will put all of those employees out of work.  Furthermore, supports indicate the ripple effect from Nummi's closure could impact up to 50,000 people.

Toyota is expected to reduce worldwide capacity from 1 million vehicles down to 700,000, with the Nummi closure expected to help Toyota reach that goal.



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another example
By FITCamaro on 8/28/2009 7:00:09 AM , Rating: 4
Of companies not wanting to do business in California. Who'd want to? Everything is expensive and the taxes are outrageous. Companies are moving out of high tax states in droves and moving to states with low or no taxes like Texas and Florida. That's why there's political support for a Fair Tax here in SC to replace the income tax.




RE: another example
By the goat on 8/28/2009 9:15:49 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Of companies not wanting to do business in California. Who'd want to? Everything is expensive and the taxes are outrageous. Companies are moving out of high tax states in droves and moving to states with low or no taxes like Texas and Florida. That's why there's political support for a Fair Tax here in SC to replace the income tax.


Yea I'm surprised the factory in question lasted as long as it did. The cost of living in California is outrageous. That means worker salaries are much higher compared to factories in other states.

My state (Vermont) has similar problems retaining and/or enticing companies. The VT government does nothing to help large corporate/industrial capitol projects. Where neighbors (New York, New Hampshire, etc.) bend over backwards with corporate tax breaks and infrastructure improvements. Guess where companies choose to build/expand.


RE: another example
By Smilin on 8/28/2009 10:58:49 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
That's why there's political support for a Fair Tax here in SC to replace the income tax.


Speak for yourself.


RE: another example
By FITCamaro on 8/28/2009 12:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
So you like paying a 7% tax on your income? Unless you don't pay taxes. I lose $150 a paycheck to state taxes. I could do a lot with an extra $300.

I'd much rather just pay a tax when I buy goods. If there's a fair way to tax the wealthy the most, a Fair Tax is it. They buy the most stuff and the most expensive stuff. And essential foods aren't taxed.


RE: another example
By Smilin on 8/28/2009 12:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
No problem with the concept but any implementation I've seen proposed has been riddled with obvious imbalances and loopholes. If you can find a way to pull it off without the rich skipping taxes then we'll talk.

The tax code we have now didn't start out this complicated. It got that way as a result of clever people finding loopholes. If you change tax code now you must be careful not to introduce new ones or you risk punching a gaping hole in your govt budget until it can be corrected.


RE: another example
By FITCamaro on 8/31/2009 9:19:56 AM , Rating: 2
Other than buying goods with cash and not paying sales tax(which is illegal), I don't see how you get around it.


RE: another example
By CommodoreVic20 on 9/1/2009 8:50:33 AM , Rating: 2
NEWS FLASH, the wealthy are still using the gaping holes you mention!


RE: another example
By kmmatney on 8/31/2009 11:39:51 AM , Rating: 2
Things were different in California back in 1984 - real estate was much cheaper. It doesn't make much sense to have a factory in Fremont nowadays as the land value is way too high. I'm sure they'll just sell off the property for a huge profit and build some condos.


Every Auto Company is Global
By ElderTech on 8/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: Every Auto Company is Global
By Spuke on 8/28/2009 3:21:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Finally, as for product quality, from almost every metric available, the Japanese auto makers have the highest rating, with Honda and Toyota products consistently at the top. Just look at the unbiased Consumer Reports ratings from this and previous years. Yes, the "Big Three" are much better than they were, particularly with certain models, with the entire scale compressing, but they still lag overall.
Metrics? You mean like this one?
http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/news/releases/pre...

Where it shows Buick at the top of the list in vehicle Dependability? Or Mercury, Lincoln, Ford, Cadillac, and Chrysler ALL of above the industry average? Where's the lag here?


By CommodoreVic20 on 9/1/2009 9:01:15 AM , Rating: 2
WOW, that report said Jaguar ranked highest. I have personally have owned a Jaguar, my brother owns one now. I know several people that have owned Jaguars. Everyone I have met that has owned a Jaguar agrees, its probably the worse POS car ever made. I just lost total respect for JD.


By CommodoreVic20 on 9/1/2009 8:58:06 AM , Rating: 2
I can attest to your comments as well. I too have owned and driven most American brands before I switched to Japanese, Toyota and Honda. I've never looked back since. People can write up skewed reviews or other crap metrics, in my book American lags far behind to Japanese in every possible way. I hate to admit it but the American design, engineering, production quality don't compare, at least in my experience.


Foul!
By gmyx on 8/28/2009 8:05:01 AM , Rating: 1
You mention the plant closing but fail to mention the fact it's moving to Ontario and Japan.
http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/08/28/toyota-co...

Get the whole story please.




RE: Foul!
By bdot on 8/28/2009 10:03:48 AM , Rating: 2
And you fail to mention that they already assemble the Carolla in Ontario...

quote:
"Corollas will be sourced from its Cambridge, Ont., Canada plant, as well as Japan to meet near-term demand. This will enable an uninterrupted supply of vehicles to dealers and customers in North America," said a Toyota news release.

The Cambridge plant already assembles Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks.

It is not yet clear how many jobs will be gained in Ontario because of the move."


RE: Foul!
By gmyx on 8/28/2009 10:35:23 AM , Rating: 1
Yes they do, but it will increase in volume. Therefore both statements are true.


all this indepth analysis
By tastyratz on 8/28/2009 4:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
and yet everyone blew over the fact that its the NUMMI plant?
Sorry if you don't like my taste in humor...




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All GM's fault
By SerafinaEva on 8/27/09, Rating: -1
RE: All GM's fault
By monstergroup on 8/28/2009 1:35:31 AM , Rating: 2
How did GM play into this plant closure?


RE: All GM's fault
By ClockerXP on 8/28/2009 10:56:14 AM , Rating: 3
I love how people just want to blame GM for everything. The Pontiac that was produced at this plant was the only GM model coming out of it and accounted for maybe 1/10 of the production capacity. It was the same vehicle as the Toyota Matrix yet somehow people were convinced the Toyota was far superior. I love how people believe what they want to believe. Truth is Toyota just decided to shut it down.

How do you like your foreign manufacturer's now, California?!


RE: All GM's fault
By ajoyner on 8/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: All GM's fault
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/28/2009 8:55:50 AM , Rating: 2
No thanks, I'll stick to my Honda Civic...


RE: All GM's fault
By Smilin on 8/28/2009 10:56:23 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Take some pride in your country for once. Buy American.


No.

This has nothing to do with any lack of patriotism and frankly whenever someone spews that crap I find it offensive. Also, don't lecture me about "selling out my country" either.

I would find it more unAmerican to reward shoddy performance "just because X". Everyone just keep job..no must to be good eh Comrade? . I don't think so.

Make a quality product, consumers buy it, you get rich. Now THAT is American.

Where I'm at:

While I'm happy you've had a good experience with American vehicles it is just an anecdote and not statistically significant. The only anecdote that counts for me is my own.

I bought an American (GM) car and it turned out to be junk with a poor resale value. They blew their chance so I moved on. I now own Japanese vehicles. If they screw up I'll give GM another shot.

Since GM may be waiting a while for this screw up their next best option is to make a car good enough to change my mind before then (beat the competition, not just equal them). I'll be on the market again in 2-3 years so they have time to get their sh1t together. I hope they do because all things being *equal* I would rather own American.


RE: All GM's fault
By Spuke on 8/28/2009 3:38:23 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Toyota has its headquarters in Japan. GM has its headquarters in AMERICA. I think your logic is flawed.
I think your "logic" is flawed. Since EVERY single automaker is a publicly traded company with global presence, profits from each company goes all over the world. Do you know what a stockholder is? Where do you think those people live? I'll help you with this one. These stockholders live EVERYWHERE. They just don't live in the US, they live in friggin Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, China, etc. When you buy products from a GLOBAL company that sells its shares GLOBALLY, your money goes everywhere.

Do you think that GM or Toyota has a department where they separate their revenues into domestic and foreign? LOL! Everything goes into the pot. And that pot exists everywhere. Your money might go directly into the King of Saudi's pocket as a dividend payment or it might go to build a new factory in Ireland. No car company is domestic or foreign, those days are long gone and never coming back. Live free, buy what you want.


RE: All GM's fault
By Smilin on 8/28/2009 5:21:40 PM , Rating: 3
Some are not publicly traded like Chrystler I believe?

Your point is still 100% valid though.

If paychecks are going to american workers and profits are being shared to american shareholders what else do you really want?

In fact since GM is in the toilet it basically means more money from toyota is going into american hands than money from GM.


RE: All GM's fault
By 3minence on 9/2/2009 9:10:56 AM , Rating: 2
I believe Japanese companies can only be owned by Japanese citizens. They can do partnerships with foreign businesses but to companies in Japan are Japanese. It's been a while since I looked at this so it may have changed, but I think your basic premise is flawed.


RE: All GM's fault
By RivuxGamma on 8/31/2009 9:31:46 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Toyota's only partly at fault. For making quality products, *mostly. The rest of the blame is leveled squarely at GM for producing crap.

There are a few things you could pick out and say "well, Toyota does this poorly, so your logic is flawed." or "GM is awesome at this, so you can go to hell." That's all well and good, but it's just nit-picking. On the whole, Toyota is just better than GM.

Selling out has nothing to do with choosing to buy a better car. National pride on that sort of level is dangerous. If it was something like exporting tech support to India, then I'd be with you. Or maybe even declaring a unified currency. GM has really just 69ed itself into a failball of suck.

*mostly - I hate the Prius.


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