Nissan to add 810 jobs at Smyrna plant - WKRN News 2

Nissan to add 810 jobs at Smyrna plant

Posted: Updated: Oct 19, 2012 04:49 PM CDT

For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, the giant Nissan plant in Smyrna just outside of Nashville will add a third shift which will bring 810 new jobs to the area.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Nissan North America Vice Chairman Bill Krueger made the joint announcement Friday morning.

The new shift begins Sunday, which means most of the new workers have already been hired.

"Those 800 jobs will support the production of the all new Altima, the all new Pathfinder and Infiniti JX as well as the Nissan Maxima," said the Nissan executive.

A state lawmaker whose district includes the Nissan plant called Friday's announcement a "shot in the arm."

"To me it's like a cloudy day and the sun starts shining, people start feeling better when you get news like this," said Rep. Mike Sparks who spent eight years working at Nissan in the 1990s.

"Those are good jobs and people need jobs around here," he told Nashville's News 2.

The Smyrna plant has an annual production capacity of 550,000 vehicles on a capital investment of $2.5 billion.

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," Gov. Haslam said in a release.

The addition of the third shift at the Nissan plant brings the workforce to more than 6,000.

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

Governor Bill Haslam called it "even better when an old friend an old partner is deciding to grow here as well."

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