Nissan Motor Co. is planning to hire 900 new workers at its Smyrna assembly site in Tennessee as it increases its production in North America. According to Nissan, the planned hiring will increase the plant's workers to more than 7,000 workers. The carmaker already added 810 employees at the plant last fall. Nissan started recruiting in early June and expects to have all new workers hired and trained in time for the rollout of the redesigned Rogue crossover this fall.
The Rogue is one of the four vehicles which productions are being transferred from Japan to the United States. The first was the Leaf, which output was transferred to Smyrna from Japan. The carmaker is also adding its Sentra output at its Canton site in Mississippi to supplement Sentra production in Mexico.
The carmaker is also getting ready to transfer output of the Murano crossover from Japan to Canton in 2014. Nissan started increasing its North American output in 2011, with plans to increase US powertrain and parts production.
In the past 24 months, Nissan has hired 6,000 US assembly plant employees, including the addition of third shifts at its Smyrna and Canton sites. According to Nissan manufacturing spokesman Justin Saia, the carmaker's build-up is requiring hiring in all areas. He said that they are looking to fill long-term, full-time positions, including those in assembly line and production, material handling, industrial maintenance, tool and die maker and warehouse and production support.
Nissan is targeting to grab a 10-percent share of the US market by 2017 or sooner, from 7.1 percent in 2012. To achieve the target, Nissan is planning to increase the availability of key products like Altima, Pathfinder, Rogue and Versa.
"Today's announcement shows the strength of the company and is another milestone in the long success story of Nissan here in Tennessee," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. "I want to congratulate Nissan for their accomplishments over the last 30 years and the tremendous impact their success has had on the state's economy and the thousands of people they employ." [source: Nissan]