Nissan adds 900 jobs to make Rogue in Smyrna

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:06am
Updated: 11:05 a.m.

Nissan is adding 900 jobs to start making the Rogue crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant, the Japanese automaker announced Thursday.

The new jobs are in addition to 800 positions added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000. Hiring is already underway, and Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.

Building the Rogue in the United States for the first time is part of the Japanese automaker's plan to have 85 percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. produced in North America.

Bill Krueger, Nissan's senior vice president of manufacturing, said in a news release that the new production "underscores Nissan's longtime commitment to our employees and expanding operations around the country."

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Nissan producing vehicles in the U.S. The Smyrna plant built its first pickup truck in June 1983. It now makes Nissan's most popular car, the midsize Altima sedan, and the all-electric Leaf. It also produces the Maxima, Pathfinder and Infiniti JX.

Production of the Frontier and Xterra were recently shifted to Nissan's Canton, Miss., assembly plant.

Nissan's American headquarters are located in Franklin, just outside Nashville. The company also has an engine plant in Decherd, Tenn. Nissan's U.S. plants have combined to make more than 12 million vehicles.

Through May, Nissan sold 65,533 Rogues in the U.S., a 4.4 percent increase from a year ago. But the Rogue, with an aging design, isn't growing as fast as the market for crossover sport utility vehicles. That segment is up 14 percent through May, according to Autodata Corp.

The new production at the Tennessee plant will be of an all-new version of the Rogue.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam lauded the jobs announcement.

"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," he said in a statement.

Filed under: City News
Tagged: Nissan | Rogue | Smyrna

4 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 6/27/13 at 2:02

Somewhere Producer and a copy editor at MP&F are writing up the talking point that none of this would have happened without the MCC and the hospitality industry.

I am glad the state and our neighboring counties know which industries drive the economy, our Nashville leadership does not.

By: joe41 on 6/28/13 at 10:08

Jeff, get a life.

Joe

By: JeffF on 6/28/13 at 11:23

Got one, the pay is good in it, and I do not have to continually beg tourists to come to my town to give meaning to my city.

By: bilprovning sverige on 7/25/13 at 2:09

Nissan is most popular one brand car in over the world. From the since 2000 I've used Nissan car and I've dream to make a job in Nissan company. Your Nissan company job information is very handful to me. I hope I'll enjoy more with Nissan.
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