#512. Nissan, Tennessee Partner to Build Manufacturing Training Center

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We are excited to see this type of joint venture between manufacturers and communities/states. It is a win-win for everyone.

Nissan, Tennessee partner to build manufacturing training center
Dec. 9, 2014, Scott Harrison , Nashville Business Journal

Nissan North America and Tennessee have partnered to build an education and training center neighboring the automaker’s assembly plant in Smyrna.

The training center, scheduled to open in late 2016, will be more than 150,000 square feet, Nissan said in a news release Tuesday. It will operate as an extension of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s Murfreesboro campus.

The center aims to develop skilled workers for Nissan’s Tennessee manufacturing operations and will offer advanced manufacturing training.

“Nissan’s success in Tennessee for more than 30 years is due in large part to our ability to recruit and retain a quality workforce,” José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, said in the release. “This new training center is a key component to the long­term sustainability and continued growth of our business in Tennessee and another testament to the state’s commitment to advancing business through education.”

Franklin­based Nissan is the largest employee in Rutherford County, with 8,000 full­time employees in the county, according to Nashville Business Journal research.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in the release, “Tying the training and skills that our colleges are teaching directly to current workforce needs will help more Tennesseans qualify for good paying, high­quality jobs.”