Nissan supplier plans big regional expansion

Smyrna operations set to add 180+ jobs as part of $109M plan

Automotive parts manufacturer Calsonic Kansei North America said today it will invest $109 million and in three Middle Tennessee counties, a move that will over time create 1,200 jobs.

Calsonic Kansei works very closely with Nissan, both on the production of parts and their installation into Nissan vehicles. The company plans to pump its $109 million into facilities in Lewisburg, Shelbyville and Smyrna between now and the end of 2015.

“CKNA is pleased to announce its largest expansion in our history in Middle Tennessee,” said Calsonic Kansei North America Vice President Human Resources and Legal Bob Masteller. “We are also grateful for the teamwork and cooperation with Gov. Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, who are partnering with us in this expansion. We believe the citizens of Tennessee are one of the best workforces in the world, and we are pleased to be a part of the community in Middle Tennessee.”

Calsonic Kansei’s investments will break down as follows:

• $49.8 million at its 1,100-employee Lewisburg plant, which manufactures electronic components for meters, inverters and dash electronics, and plastics components for interiors. The money will include the construction of a 300,000-square-foot warehouse and will help create about 520 jobs over the next three years.

• $57.6 million at its 1,000-worker Shelbyville facility, which makes exhaust units, catalytic converters and manifolds. Officials expect to add about 490 jobs over the next three years.

• $2.1 million at its Smyrna facility inside Nissan’s plant, where workers place Calsonic products into Nissan vehicles. About 180 jobs will be created over the next three years on top of the roughly 470 Calsonic people who already work there.

“We are grateful to Calsonic Kansei for this significant investment that is creating more than 1,000 Tennessee jobs,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “Along with supporting existing businesses, a big part of our economic development strategy is to focus on the things we do well, and this expansion further solidifies our state’s leadership in auto manufacturing.”