published Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Could Nissan's Tennessee factory become the world's largest auto plant?

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    This was the first 2014 Rogue model to be built for a Nissan showroom and also the 10-millionth vehicle to come off the assembly line at its Smyrna plant. The new model rolled off the line on Tuesday during an in-house ceremony.
    Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Strong demand for vehicles assembled at Nissan's Smyrna plant has driven the company to expand production, pushing the current workforce to a near-record 8,000 people, Nissan officials said this week.

As production expands, the Smyrna facility is on the verge of becoming the top-producing auto plant in the world, said Fred Diaz, vice president for sales, marketing and operations for Franklin-based Nissan North America.

"We can't talk yet about other production [for the plant], but there could be a really good story about what's coming to Smyrna," he said.

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