Last Calif. Auto Plant Shuts Down

New United Motor Manufacturing, or NUMMI, in Fremont completed its final vehicle before closing its doors Thursday.

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- The last car has rolled off the production lines at California's sole auto plant.

Workers were trickling out of the New United Motor Manufacturing plant in Fremont on Thursday as their tasks were completed and the plant readies to shut down.

Nearby, job centers have been set up to help the newly unemployed figure out benefits, retraining and other options.

The plant began 25 years ago as a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors Co. GM pulled out last year, and Toyota later announced it would halt production, eliminating about 4,700 jobs.

The plant made Toyota Tacoma trucks and Corolla sedans. The last Tacoma rolled off the assembly lines last week. Corolla production ended Thursday.

State officials are pursuing federal grants to help those impacted by the closure.

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