Shuttered auto plant gets a new life

Electric car maker Tesla revives GM plant in Fremont, CA, preparesd to ramp up production
September 20, 2010

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."