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August 5, 2009 > Letter to the Editor: Future of NUMMI

Letter to the Editor: Future of NUMMI

Like my fellow residents in Fremont, and the region, I am concerned about the future of NUMMI. The recent well publicized developments with NUMMI and GM's pull-put have caused some to speculate that the potential impact of NUMMI closing its doors may be extreme, and have affects far beyond even Fremont.

Interestingly, local officials have somewhat downplayed the impact on Fremont's local economy. This attempt to downplay the plant closure's impact mischaracterizes NUMMI's real impact. Regardless of the tax revenue that it provides directly to the city of Fremont, the larger impact is the fact that NUMMI employs approximately 5,000 workers. These workers help to keep the local economy going.

Each dollar that a NUMMI worker earns turns over in the local economy several times. Further, the continued existence of NUMMI is not just about Fremont, it is about the region which includes Milpitas, Union City, Newark, San Jose, Pleasanton, and so on. Maybe I take this a bit personally because I have three brother-in-laws and several high school classmates that work at NUMMI. However, we should all be concerned. I call on our local elected officials to do what is possible to prevent it and in the worst case scenario, at least prepare.

Garrett Yee

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