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Nissan adds casting operation to Tennessee facility.

Nissan North America Inc. announced a $34.7 million investment to expand its Decherd Powertrain Assembly Plant, Decherd, Tenn., by adding cylinder block casting production in the spring of 2008.

The announcement was made while the company officially hunched crankshaft forging production at the Decherd facility.

State and local officials joined Nissan employees and executives at a ceremony held at the entrance of the 63,000-sq.-ft. forging facility. The addition of cylinder block casting represents the fourth expansion of the Decherd plant since it started production in May 1997.

The casting expansion will add another 51,000 sq. ft. to the existing 1 million-sq.-ft, facility. At full capacity, the operation will require 50 employees to produce 192,000 cylinder block castings annually for the 3.5-liter VQ v6 engine found in the Mtima sedan.

The new casting facility will be located on the north side of the Decherd Plant. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late fall 2006, with operations launching in the spring of 2008.
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Title Annotation:North America
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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