August 5, 2009 > County working to preserve NUMMI Jobs
County working to preserve NUMMI Jobs
Submitted By Alameda County Board of Supervisors
The County of Alameda has always had an outstanding relationship with NUMMI. Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Supervisor Keith Carson and County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi have led several trade missions to Japan and joined NUMMI officials in meeting with Toyota executives as part of our joint effort to improve the business climate and address a number of challenges facing the Fremont plant.
About three weeks ago when the news broke that GM will no longer partner with Toyota at the Fremont plant, the county immediately contacted the Governor's office to convene a "red team" of key stakeholders, including labor, whose focus is to retain jobs at NUMMI's Fremont plant. Supervisors Scott Haggerty and Keith Carson are currently leading the county's efforts in collaboration with the City of Fremont, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Senator Ellen Corbett and Assembly Member Alberto Torrico to develop a NUMMI retention plan.
In working with the State, Supervisor Keith Carson commented that, "the Governor and his office have done an outstanding job in opening up communications with Toyota Motor North America President Yoshimi Inaba to encourage the car company to continue manufacturing in Fremont."
The county's Washington DC representative has also been working with Senators Feinstein and Boxer and Congress Member Pete Stark to coordinate the release of a joint California delegation letter to Toyota President Akio Toyoda. The California delegation is also being asked to request the support of Ron Bloom, the senior advisor to the Treasury Department on the Auto Industry, to assist in the efforts to retain the Fremont plant.
Over the past three weeks the County has co-convened a "red team" of local and state officials to prepare a proposal to retain NUMMI. Former California Trade representative to Japan, Mr. Jon Kaji has also been retained to assist with retention efforts and advise on the County's efforts.
"The County is doing everything within its power to retain Alameda County's largest manufacturer," stated Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. "The plant has been an integral part of our economy supporting jobs in the County and throughout the State."
The County hopes that through a united effort, we will be able to work with Toyota to continue to manufacture vehicles at the NUMMI plant in Fremont and retain its supplier network in California.