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IBEW Local 595 electricians and travelers worked as a team to accomplish the NUMMI auto plant installation project.

IBEW Members
Complete Truck Line Changeover

November 2004 IBEW Journal

Local 595 members and dozens of IBEW travelers joined forces to work around the clock on the auto plant project at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) in Freemont, California, said Local 595 Business Manager Victor Uno.

NUMMI is a widely noted joint venture between Toyota and General Motors.

IBEW members employed by Electric Design Construction (EDC) dismantled a section of the plant and installed the final section of robotic welding controls and power for a new Toyota truck line.

"Shutdown work is always hectic and very high pressure," said Tony Lizarraga, president of EDC. "This project took six months of planning. The IBEW men and women did a great job getting all the work done, and start-up of the line went smoothly. We really appreciate their efforts."

The NUMMI plant is a significant employer in the region, said Local 595 Press Secretary Marta Schultz, who worked on the shutdown project. Assembly line workers are represented by the United Auto Workers, and all renovation work is done under an all-union agreement.

Safety was a major consideration for a project of this magnitude, Shultz said. Daily safety meetings informed workers of specific hazards as they arose. "IBEW electricians received special recognition for their attention to safety. Thanks to IBEW Local 595 steward Larry Hoffman Jr. and the fine efforts of all involved" to get the job done safely and on time.

"Local 595 members and travelers displayed a great team spirit," Business Manager Uno said. "IBEW members successfully completed a highly complex and demanding job."