A little history lesson about NUMMI. Not sure what that is? Take a quick read. (Pronounced New-Mee)
NUMMI, or New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated, was established at the former General Motors Fremont Assembly Plant site that had been closed in 1982 in Fremont, California. GM and Toyota reopened the factory as a joint venture in 1984 to manufacture vehicles to be sold under both brands.
Upon reopening and expansion in 1984, the facility was considered extremely high tech for the day, and spanned the equivalent of about 88 football fields. At its peak, NUMMI employed 5500 GM/Toyota employees and was building 6000 vehicles a week. Think Toyota Matrix / Pontiac Vibe (same car, same production line, but sold as two different cars). By 2009, GM was reeling from the financial crisis and Toyota didn't want to foot the bill alone for this enormous facility, so NUMMI was disbanded and the facility closed on April 1st, 2010, much to the disappointment of everyone from Fremont California.
But guess what, a new opportunity was born for NUMMI. A trail blazing entrepreneur named Elon Musk needed more room for his visionary electric car brand named Tesla. On May 20th, 2010, NUMMI had been purchased for $42,000,000 USD and was renamed Tesla Factory.
As of today, Tesla Factory employs 6000 people, the most the facility has ever employed, and does everything Tesla, from R&D, proving grounds, assembly, paint and parts storage.
Now you know.
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