595 electricians and travelers worked as a team to accomplish
the NUMMI auto plant installation project.
Complete Truck Line Changeover
November 2004 IBEW Journal
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,
595 Business Manager Victor Uno.
NUMMI is a widely noted joint venture between Toyota and
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
"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,
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
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
595 steward Larry Hoffman Jr. and the fine efforts of
all involved" to get the job done safely and on time.
595 members and travelers displayed a great team spirit,"
Business Manager Uno said. "IBEW members successfully
completed a highly complex and demanding job."