New $200 million paint plant at Nissan's Smyrna facility expected to reduce energy costs by 30 percent

New $200 million paint plant at Nissan's Smyrna facility expected to reduce energy costs by 30 percent

April 21st, 2013 by The Tennessean in Business Around the Region

Workers at the Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna check the finish of vehicles during the painting process at the new energy-efficient paint facility, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge. / Sanford Myers / The Tennessean

Photo by The Tennessean /Times Free Press.

SMYRNA - Nissan's new energy-efficient paint plant, attached to its vehicle assembly facility here, cost the automaker $200 million and will reduce energy use by 30 percent compared with the 30-year-old paint shop it replaced.

With the typical auto assembly plant's paint shop accounting for 70 percent of its energy usage, that could be a significant savings, the company said.

Nissan showed off the new paint plant last week to a key U.S. Department of Energy official, emphasizing the facility's "quality, efficiency and environmental impacts."

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