Last Car Standing

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  |  Updated 11:35 AM PDT
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Today's ceremony at the NUMMI plant in Fremont has a "dead man walking" feel.

The last car rolls off the line Thursday morning around 9 a.m. to the cheer and tears of hundreds of workers who helped build it.

A red Toyota Corolla is No. 7.85 million plus one off the line.

It is California's last remaining auto plant.
     
NUMMI had a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Fremont location 25 years ago as a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors Co.

The dominoes started falling last year when GM pulled out of the deal. Later, Toyota announced it would stop production all together.

The plant's closing eliminates 4,700 jobs with a ripple effect of many more thousands beyond that.

Each employee is being escorted out of the facility one by one.   The sad parade of exits started last week and went into an around the clock operation Wednesday.

Its lights out Thursday.

Bars in the area are also opening around the clock to host good-bye parties as workers drowned their sorrows together.

The future of the 370-acre facility is unclear.

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