- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2001

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nissan Motor Co. will move its Maxima production line from Japan to Tennessee, part of an expansion that will create 2,000 jobs in the state.

The move is part of the company's strategy to produce cars close to the markets were they are sold, said Emil Hassan, Nissan's senior vice president of North American manufacturing.

Gov. Don Sundquist commended the Japanese-owned Nissan for its investment in Tennessee over the last 20 years, creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of spinoff businesses, mostly small- parts suppliers.

Last year, Nissan announced a $1 billion expansion to its parts plant in Decherd and its Smyrna manufacturing plant, the company's only vehicle assembly factory in the United States.

Nissan recently closed its 40-year-old Murayama plant outside Tokyo in preparation for moving more of its manufacturing to North America. At its peak, the company's flagship factory employed 5,000 people.

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