By ERIK SCHELZIG
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn.- Auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei North America is adding 1,200 jobs at three facilities in Tennessee.
Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that the Nissan subsidiary is adding the positions to plants in Shelbyville, Lewisburg and Smyrna.
Haslam was joined in the announcement by the company's president and CEO, Shingo Yamamoto, and Motohiko Kato, the Japanese consul general of Japan in Nashville.
According to the company's website, Calsonic currently employs 700 people in Shelbyville and another 890 in Lewisburg. Another 560 people work at Calsonic facilities in Smyrna and in Canton, Miss., where Nissan assembles vehicles.
Calsonic's products include automotive climate control, electronics, cooling and exhaust systems.