Nissan sold its first automobile in the U.S. in 1958, with U.S. manufacturing beginning in June of 1983 as a white Nissan pickup truck rolled off the assembly line at a brand new plant in Smyrna. More than 33 years later, Nissan has four U.S. manufacturing facilities capable of producing 1.14 million vehicles, 1.5 million engines, 1.4 million forgings and 475,000 castings annually.
In recent years, Nissan has made strategic investments in its U.S. operations to ensure the company is able to continue to build quality vehicles that meet the growing needs of U.S. consumers. In 2015, Nissan marked a number of key U.S. milestones, including all-time records for total sales (1,484,918) and production (962,373).
Nissan is one of the fastest-growing automakers in America, and a recent study now shows that it is also one of the best places to work in America. Nissan ranked 42nd on a list of "America's Best Employers" according to a survey published by Forbes.
Nissan announced further expansion of its U.S. manufacturing footprint with Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd joining Nissan officials at the State Capitol to announce a new $160 million supplier park project at the company's Smyrna, Tenn. vehicle assembly plant.
Through the first seven months of 2014, Nissan has delivered a record-setting performance in North America with sales, market share and vehicle production gains across the region, highlighted by the company's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, which has become the top-producing automotive manufacturing plant in the North American industry so far this year.
Air is free, right? Tell that to the Nissan Energy Management Team who combed through countless miles of tubing in the compressed air system in U.S. manufacturing facilities and repaired enough leaks to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy last year.