Nissan To Add 900 Employees To Its Smyrna, Tennessee Vehicle Assembly Plant To Produce Its Rogue In US
Area Development Online News Desk (06/27/2013)
Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Rogue at its Smyrna, Tennessee Vehicle Assembly Plant, marking the first time one of its newest models will be produced in the United States.
"Our investment creates hundreds of new jobs and underscores Nissan's longtime commitment to our employees and expanding operations around the country," said Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Bill Krueger. "Our dedicated workforce in the United States continues to build high-quality vehicles, such as the Altima, Pathfinder and LEAF, which are driving growth with sales up a combined 70 percent in May."
The automaker said throughout the last 30 years, its Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant has grown significantly and transformed from a domestic manufacturer to a global one. In just the last year, Smyrna has become home to the country's largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant supporting production of the all-electric, zero-emission 2013 Nissan LEAF, as well as a new paint plant.
"Today's announcement shows the strength of the company and is another milestone in the long success story of Nissan here in Tennessee," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "I want to congratulate Nissan for their accomplishments over the last 30 years and the tremendous impact their success has had on the state's economy and the thousands of people they employ."
The shift of Rogue production to the United States is part of Nissan's broader strategy to localize production, the company said. By 2015, Nissan aims to have 85 percent of its products that are sold in the United States produced in North America. The combination of vehicle assembly plants in Canton, Mississippi and Smyrna, Tennessee and a powertrain plant in Decherd, Tennessee. have produced more than 12 million vehicles and created more than 14,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States. Production at Nissan's Smyrna and Canton assembly plants grew by more than 14 percent in 2012, the company said.