Representative Sparks Applauds Nissan Jobs Announcement

for press release, October 19, 2012 –

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam today announced Nissan will add 810 new jobs at its Smyrna vehicle assembly plant for a third shift at the site.

The third shift for the Nissan plant is the company’s first ever at the plant in its nearly 30-year history in Smyrna, and with this announcement, the company has added more than 2,000 manufacturing jobs in Tennessee since mid-2011.

Nissan, founded in Japan, began its Smyrna plant in 1983. The plant has an annual production capacity of 550,000 vehicles on a capital investment of $2.5 billion.

“Nissan and Tennessee have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, and this announcement shows the strength of the company and the market demand for its products,” Haslam said. “Nissan and our existing industries are very important to the state’s economy and the citizens they employ, and I want to congratulate and thank Nissan on today’s announcement and the new jobs it means for Tennessee.”

Representative Mike Sparks (R—Smyrna) joined the Governor in applauding the move by Nissan. “This is welcome news for an area that needs a boost in high-quality jobs,” stated Sparks. “Nissan has been a strong partner for economic growth in Rutherford County and Tennessee. I appreciate the commitment Nissan has shown to Middle Tennessee.”

Nissan North America is headquartered in Franklin, Tenn. The Smyrna plant is one of three Nissan production sites in the United States, the others in Decherd, Tenn., and Canton, Miss.

“Our investment in creating hundreds of new jobs demonstrates Nissan’s long-time commitment to our employees, Smyrna, and the state of Tennessee,” Nissan Americas Vice Chairman Bill Krueger said. “The dedicated workforce in Tennessee continues to build high-quality vehicles that compete and win globally, and we’re committed to ensuring this doesn’t change.”

The announcement was made at the 59th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

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