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97 workers losing jobs at Manteca supplier for NUMMI plant
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Amtex  is closing its Manteca operations March 31 due to Toyota’s decision to pull the plug on the NUMMI plant in Fremont.

Amtex’s operations at 550 Carnegie Street in the Manteca Industrial Park supplies car seat covers for Toyotas assembled at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) that include Tundra trucks and Corolla sedans. At least 400 people with direct ties to Manteca who either work in local plants producing car parts, work in the actual Fremont plant assembling vehicles, or truck material to the plant will lose their jobs when NUMMI closes

That means Manteca’s record 15 percent post World War II jobless rate will go even higher in April.

More than 800 of the 4,500 NUMMI workers losing their jobs reside in San Joaquin County. Eight of the firms that supply parts to NUMMI are also within the county.
State employment officials predict the closure’s ripple effect on suppliers could cost as many as 38,000 jobs in the coming months.

The closure is happening at about the same time economists say is traditional for job growth in San Joaquin County. That means it is almost a sure bet that the jobless rate will climb again.

Toyota and General Motors opened NUMMI as a joint venture in 1984. It is the only remaining West Coast automobile assembly plant. GM abandoned the partnership when it filed for bankruptcy last year.