Automobile manufacturer Nissan is expanding its operations in Tennessee, creating a new production line near its current plant in Decherd. According to The Tennessean, 200 workers have already been hired to run the facility. Once the new location is running at full capacity, producing an expected 250,000 engines per year, 200 additional employees will be needed.
Nissan's new facility will make engines for the Infiniti Q50, a car manufactured in Japan and sold only in Europe. The same engines are to be used in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which will be produced in Alabama beginning later this year.
Automotive News reported that the plant represents the company's shift toward differentiating its luxury cars from its mass-market models. The new engine producer will be physically separate from the rest of Nissan's operations in Decherd and will feature different design elements to further distinguish it from its parent company.
Currently, the Decherd facility employs more than 1,500 people, according to Nissan. The facility has been in operation for 17 years and is the company's major engine maker for the U.S. market. Recently, the plant branched out to produce electric motors for the Nissan Leaf.