The assembly of Nissan vehicles has a large impact in the U.S. in terms of the number of vehicles assembled and the number of people employed. In 2018, Nissan is celebrating “50 combined years of manufacturing in the U.S.” as its Tennessee plant marks its 35th anniversary and its Mississippi facility celebrates its 15th.
In the U.S., Nissan facilities assemble more than 1 million vehicles a year and employ more than 22,000 people, including 17,000 manufacturing jobs. More than 9,000 new jobs have been created by Nissan since mid-2011 in the U.S. In the 35 years of manufacturing operations in the U.S., the company has never had a single layoff among its full-time U.S. workforce.
Assembly of Nissan vehicles began in the U.S. in 1983 at the Smyrna Assembly Plant in Tennessee, a plant that now employs 8,400 people and has an annual production capacity of 640,000 vehicles. The Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi opened in 2003 and its more than 6,400 workers have capacity to produce 450,000 vehicles a year. The Canton assembly plant celebrated its 4 millionth vehicle assembled in March of 2018.