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."
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.