published Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Video: 400 jobs coming to Southeast Tennessee at new engine manufacturing plant

A Nissan employee works at a station along an automated line that refines crankshafts in this file photo. The Nissan plant in Decherd, Tenn., produces engines for the Japanese automaker, and is now making four-cylinder engines for Mercedes.
A Nissan employee works at a station along an automated line that refines crankshafts in this file photo. The Nissan plant in Decherd, Tenn., produces engines for the Japanese automaker, and is now making four-cylinder engines for Mercedes.
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
  • Nissan holds ceremonial groundbreaking in Tennessee
    Nissan holds a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new facility that will manufacture Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz engines in Decherd, Tennessee.

DECHERD, Tenn. — A new engine manufacturing plant for auto giants and partners Nissan and Daimler will create 400 new jobs, officials said today.

Officials for the Japanese and German automakers broke ground on the new 310,000-square-foot factory that will go up next to Nissan’s existing powertrain plant that already employs 1,100 people in Franklin County.

The facility about 60 miles northwest of Chattanooga will make engines for Nissan’s luxury Infiniti brand and Mercedes Benz models.

“This is good for the people and economy of Tennessee,” said Mark Swenson, Nissan America’s vice president of production engineering and component facilities.

The investment wasn’t immediately announced for the plant that’s slated to open in 2014.

The Renault-Nissan alliance joined in a strategic collaboration with Daimler in 2010.

See Thursday’s Times Free Press for full story.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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