Shuttered auto plant gets a new life
Electric car maker Tesla revives GM plant in Fremont, CA, preparesd to ramp up production
When GM’s plant in Fremont, CA closed last year, it was seen as another example of automakers leaving the domestic U.S. manufacturing market. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the plant is getting a new life, thanks to Tesla, which is manufacturing its electric car at the once-shuttered facility. The relaunch has given the plant a new identity and given hope to some auto workers in the area.
"I've been through a plant closure before, and it's heartbreaking," Gilbert Passin, Tesla's vice president of manufacturing, told the newspaper. "To be able to give a second life to this facility and some of the people here – it’s thrilling for us to be in this position."
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey