Carlex Glass, the owner of the storied Ford Glass plant in West Nashville, is spending more than $37 million to expand its factory in Vonore, southwest of Knoxville. The project will add about 50 jobs to the workforce of that plant, which is one of four U.S. fabrication sites for Carlex.
Nissan executives have expanded their recalls of cars that feature airbags made by supplier Takata. The latest notice covers more than 1.5 million vehicles built last decade, with about a fifth of them in North America. Read about the details (and rival Toyota's similar problems) here.
Cool Springs-based Carlisle Transportation Products, which makes industrial belts, tires and wheels, has changed its name to The Carlstar Group. The company, which is owned by private-equity firm American Industrial Partners, employs 4,000 people at seven manufacturing facilities and 10 distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe and China.
Trade publication Manufacturers' News says manufacturing employment in Tennessee rose by almost 4,500, or about 1.1 percent, over the past year. The auto sector is leading the way and the state has comfortably outpaced the nation over the past two years.
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