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Nissan to add shift, 800 jobs at Tennessee plant

1:41 PM, Oct 19, 2012   |    comments
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Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is adding a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, a move that creates more than 800 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced the jobs increase Friday at an economic development conference in Nashville. Haslam says it's the first time the plant will operate on three shifts.

About 2,000 jobs in all have been added to the site since the middle of last year. Roughly 5,600 people currently work at the plant that first began production in 1983.

The plant makes Nissan's most popular car, the midsize Altima sedan, and soon will produce the Leaf electric car and Rogue SUV.

The company also recently announced it is expanding an engine plant in Decherd, Tenn. Nissan's American headquarters are in Franklin, just outside Nashville.

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