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Nissan’s Smyrna Assembly Plant Becomes Top Producing Plant in North America

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Altima built at Nissan’s Smyrna assembly plant

The popular Nissan Altima is built at Nissan’s Smyrna assembly plant

Nissan’s Smyrna assembly plant in Tennessee has become the automotive industry’s top-producing facility in North America for the first half of 2014.

A total of 334,082 Nissan vehicles were manufactured in Smyrna from January to June of this year, which is a 40.5 percent increase over the same period in 2013. The plant produced the Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Pathfinder, Infiniti QX60, and the all-electric LEAF.

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In an interview with the Daily News Journal, the Smyrna facility’s vice president of manufacturing, Randy Knight, said that his goal is to make Smyrna Nissan’s first choice.

“We’re doing good things here. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, we got caught up in recession like everyone else. We’re very blessed to have made the decisions that we did at that time. That makes us an attractive plant for Nissan,” said Knight, who grew up in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and says he has never wanted work anyplace else.

“Nissan has invested billions of dollars to expand our North American manufacturing operations to ensure that we’re ready to take a larger share of the market both in the region and globally,” said JoséMuñoz, executive vice president and North American chairman of Nissan. “With models such as the new Murano coming soon, you can expect to see more North American-built Nissans on the road both here and abroad.”

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