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Posted August 13, 2021


SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) —Tennessee may not have an ocean port, but it’s home to some of the largest international companies, many based in the Nashville area.

Just 25 miles southeast from downtown Nashville, you’ll find a bustling, almost mile-long operation making every single Nissan Leaf, Maxima, Pathfinder, Rogue, and INFINITI QX60 in the world in addition to some Altimas.

“It’s just exciting, I mean it’s never a dull moment,” said Jeff Younginer, Vice President of Manufacturing at Nissan Smyrna Plant.

Younginer was News 2’s tour guide for a day.

“So we’re going to go through the body plant to the stamping plant, which is the first step in the process,” said Younginer.

“Then it’s going go to the paint plant,” said Younginer. “Then it’s going to get washed, painted, and then it’ll go into the assembly plant.”

Producing one vehicle every 30 seconds, the Smyrna plant is capable of making 640,000 cars a year.


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