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Updated: NUMMI Plant Workers, Cos. Talk as Contract Deadline Passes

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Updated 8/11: Looks like the plant has a tentative agreement.

Last post before vacation… still sounds like there could be a labor stoppage at NUMMI. I found this interesting:

“While GM and Toyota own the plant equally, most of its capacity is used by Toyota. In this year's first half, 84 percent of the 205,563 vehicles the California plant produced were Toyota models.”

I remember, at one point, at the Toyota Corolla, while being practically identical to the GM Geo/Chevy Metro, sold at a nice ($500?) price premium over the GM product. People said this was due to Toyota's quality reputation and reliability. GM was being punished by the market for poor quality.

That's a great illustration of the Profit = Market Price – Cost principle. Although the “Cost” for the GM and Toyota NUMMI products were the same, I'd guess, Toyota's profit was higher because the market placed a higher value on the Corolla over the Metro.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

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  1. Anonymous says

    The Prizm is the Geo/Chevy Corolla equivalent. The Metro is a Suzuki Swift.

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