Nissan announces 810 new jobs, adds 3rd shift

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Nissan North America is adding a third shift to its plant in Smyrna, creating 810 jobs, Gov. Bill Haslam announced today.

The Smyrna plant currently produces the Nissan Altima, Maxima and Pathfinder, as well as the new Infiniti JX. Production of the electric Nissan Leaf is scheduled to begin locally later this year, and production on the new Nissan Rogue is to begin in 2013.

By 2015, Nissan wants 85 percent of its vehicles sold in the United States to be produced in North America.

The third shift, the first time Nissan has employed one at Smyrna in its 30-year history there, begins Sunday.

"Our investment in creating hundreds of new jobs demonstrates Nissan's long-time commitment to our employees, Smyrna and the state of Tennessee," said Nissan Vice Chairman Bill Krueger in a news release. "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."

Including today's announcement, Nissan has created or announced 2,000 new jobs in Tennessee since mid-2011.

"Nissan and Tennessee have enjoyed a long and successful partnership for more than 30 years, and this announcement shows the strength of the company and the market demand for its products," Haslam said in a news release. "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."

Nissan's plant in Smyrna, in which the company has invested $2.5 billion to date, has a current production capacity of 550,000 vehicles. Investment figures for today's expansion were not immediately available.

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