Thursday, August 27, 2009

Toyota closes only unionized US Plant

The plant, in Fremont, Calif., employs 4,700 members of the United Automobile Workers union and is the country’s only remaining auto plant west of San Antonio. It opened in 1984 as a way for Toyota to experiment with building cars in North America and for G.M. to learn more efficient production techniques from its Japanese partner.

In the end, it will become Toyota’s first experience with closing a plant in the United States.