SMYRNA, Tenn. — Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs at its plant in suburban Nashville to support future production of its compact crossover SUV, the Nissan Rogue, company officials announced Thursday.
The expansion marks another growth spurt for the Smyrna plant, which will have more than 7,000 workers by the end of this latest round of hiring. In early 2011, the company announced that it would be adding Rogue production in Smyrna.
"Our investment creates hundreds of new jobs and underscores Nissan's longtime commitment to our employees and expanding operations around the country," said Bill Krueger, senior vice president of manufacturing for Nissan.
|The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover SUV that debuted in October 2007|
Since the model's debut in October 2007, it has been manufactured at Nissan's plant in Kyushu, Japan.
"Today's announcement shows the strength of the company and is another milestone in the long success story of Nissan here," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.
Nissan has seen U.S. demand for the Rogue, expected to begin production in fall 2013, grow from just less than 100,000 units in 2010 to 142,000 units in 2012. In May, Rogue sales reached an all-time high of 17,333 units.
Production in Nissan's assembly plants in Smyrna and Canton, Miss., grew by more than 14% in 2012.
Following this expansion, the Smyrna plant will produce the Nissan Maxima, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Altima Coupe, Infiniti JX35, Nissan Leaf and Nissan Rogue.