New Nissan Engine Plant to Be Opened in Southeast Tennessee image

Today, May 9th, Nissan broke ground on its engine factory in Decherd, Tennessee, which will offer 400 new jobs.

The plant will produce 4-cylinder engines for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models and production is to begin in 2014. The engines will be manufactured for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, built at a Daimler plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Decherd plant already produces engines for the Infiniti JX and four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines for all the Nissan and Infiniti cars produced in the U.S. The Alabama factory will receive an investment of $2.4 billion, to expand its capacity and production for the C-Class sedan to be launched in 2014.

“Today, we begin an exciting new chapter for the Renault-Nissan Alliance and our continued investment in the United States,” said Mark Swenson, Vice President Production Engineering and Component Facilities. “Today’s groundbreaking marks the latest move in our collaboration with Daimler to localize production capacity and enhance our competitiveness in the global market.”

Production is planed to begin in 2014 and will produce 250,000 units annually. The location of the plant was chosen to offer a direct supply of engines for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.