Nissan's first U.S.-based manufacturing facility has been building quality vehicles and long-lasting careers in Tennessee for more than three decades. Pictured clockwise from inside the truck are Nissan Smyrna employees with 30 years of service: Kathy Kyle, Shirley Greene, Mark Redfern, Angela Price, Kevin Fongnaly, Mark Pionke, Greg Sells, and Melvin Norwood. (Courtesy: Nissan)
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SMYRNA, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- Nissan is marking its 30th year in the Volunteer State by adding 900 jobs to its plant in Smyrna, the Japanese automaker announced.
The new workers will be assembling Rogues, marking the first time the company's built the compact SUV on these shores. Hiring is already underway and Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.
"Our investment creates hundreds of new jobs and underscores Nissan's longtime commitment to our employees and expanding operations around the country," said Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Bill Krueger.
Thursday's announcement is in addition to 800 jobs added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000.
Nissan said its Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant "has grown significantly" in the past 30 years, making cars for the global marketplace. The facility just started building the all-electric, zero-emission Leaf within the past year.
Building the Rogue in the United States for the first time is part of the Japanese automaker's plan to have 85 percent of its domestic sales to be produced in North America.