Accelerating the Tennessee Valley automotive industry


Feb. 1, 2015

Smyrna Plant Drives Nissan to Record-Setting Year

Nissan U.S. exports rose 29 percent in 2014. (Nissan infographic)

With its Smyrna, Tenn., plant now the top-producing automotive assembly plant in North America, Nissan is looking increase its U.S. market share from 8.4 percent in 2014 to 10 percent this year.

The Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, home of the popular Rogue cross-over,  produced than 648,000 vehicles last year. Nissan's total vehicle production in the U.S. grew 20 percent to more than 947,000 in 2014. 

A team from Smyrna celebrated the record year by driving a 2015 Rogue to the Washington, D.C. Auto Show last month.

In a press release pegged to the auto show, Nissan marked a number of other key U.S. milestones in 2014, including all-time records for total sales (1,386,895), production (947,558), and exports (129,761).

The addition of more than 9,000 new jobs since mid-2011 pushed the company's U.S. workforce to a record 22,000 American jobs, including 16,000 manufacturing jobs.

John Martin, senior vice president for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, credited Nissan's workforce in Smyrna and in Canton, Miss, the center of production for the Nissan Murano. "The strength of our workforce in Tennessee and Mississippi enhances our ability to expand production in the Americas, driving Nissan's success in the U.S. and around the world," he said.



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The Tennessee Valley region is home to six major automotive manufacturers with a supply chain of over 900 mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, employing more than 100,000 people.

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