Nissan's Smyrna plant to add 800 jobs

Nissan's Smyrna plant to add 800 jobs

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam announced Friday that automaker Nissan will add more than 800 jobs at its Smyrna plant.

The company will be adding a third shift to its vehicle assembly plant, creating 810 new positions.

It's the first time the plant has operated a third shift in its nearly 30-year history in Smyrna.

According to the news release, with the announcement, the company has added more than 2,000 manufacturing jobs in Tennessee since mid-2011.

"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."

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

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

Sen. Bob Corker said the announcement was a sign of the strength of the auto industry within the state.

"Nissan's addition of 810 new jobs in Smyrna is one more way Tennessee is becoming THE state for auto manufacturing.  Congratulations to Nissan, its employees, and Governor Haslam's economic development team for strengthening a successful economic partnership that began 30 years ago under Lamar Alexander," said Corker.

Nissan, founded in Japan, began its Smyrna plant in 1983. The plant has an annual production capacity of 550,000 vehicles.

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