Sunday, April 4, 2010

California's last auto plant closes

Emotions ran high on the last day of operations at Toyota’s New United Motor Manufacturing plant, known as Nummi. After opening in 1984 as a joint venture between Toyota and GM, the lone automobile plant in California rolled its final car—a red Toyota Corolla—off the assembly line.

The plant employed 4,700 workers, some of who will stay on to help sell off equipment and provide security. Now that GM has withdrawn from the alliance after filing for bankruptcy last year, Toyota will have to decide what to do with the massive property covering over half a square mile in San Francisco Bay.

Tooling equipment will be sent to Toyota’s plant in San Antonio, Texas. The Japanese automaker built the Corolla sedan and Tacoma pickup at the site but said in August that it could not continue operations without GM on board. Nearly eight million vehicles were built in the plant’s 25 years of operation.

In a wisely run nation, cars would be manufactured in California for export to Asia.

But, we live in a country in which "community organizer" is considered a qualification for the presidency.

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