Until Wednesday, 3,200 people left their workplace for good, with an additional 1,000 more doing the same on Wednesday.
The final act at the NUMMI facility is scheduled to take place on Friday, at 12:40 PM, when the last Toyota Corolla will roll off the assembly line. Needless to say, there is a bleak atmosphere in Freemont, with some looking for someone to blame, others trying to cheer themselves up, a few taking pride in what they've achieved at NUMMI and with most looking hopelessly at the future.
"This is devastating," Jamie Shipp, an Oakland resident and NUMMI worker was quoted as saying by Mercury News. "But at least Toyota gave people six to seven months to be prepared. GM just pulled out with no warning."
"Even though NUMMI is kicking us to the curb, we are taking pride in building great cars for Toyota," Michelle Cesar, a San Leandro resident and also a NUMMI worker added.
"There's some people that you'll stay in touch with; there's some that you don't care to stay in touch with," Lisa Wilmer, 18 years NUMMI veteran told NPR. "The hardest part is the ones that you really like and you know that you're never going to see again. That's the part that's really hard to deal with."
“It just felt weird; just an empty feeling inside,” Ruben Sanchez, father of five was quoted as saying by KTVU. “You don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. You're not going to wake up to go to work.”