September 12, 2006

Nissan announces crankshaft production and expansion of Tennessee powertrain plant

Decherd, Tennessee – Nissan North America has officially launched crankshaft forging production at its Decherd Powertrain Assembly Plant in Decherd, Tennessee. During the ceremony, the company also announced a US$34.7 million capital investment to expand the plant to add cylinder block casting production in the spring of 2008.

At full capacity, the plant will produce 1.1 million crankshaft forgings annually for engines manufactured in Decherd, which supplies all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles built at the company’s vehicle assembly plants in Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi. Forgings will also be exported to Nissan’s plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Nissan invested US$48 million in the crankshaft forging operation, which will reach full production in March 2007 and employs about 60 workers. The addition of cylinder block casting represents the fourth expansion of the facility since it started production in May 1997. At full capacity, the facility will employ 50 workers to produce 192,000 cylinder block castings annually for the 3.5-litre V6 used in the Altima sedan. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late fall 2006, with operations launching in the spring of 2008.

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