Nissan North America Inc. said today that it plans to spend $34.7 million to add aluminum cylinder block casting operations to its powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn.
The project calls for the addition of 51,000 square feet to the plant, which now covers 1 million square feet.
Nissan expects to break ground this fall, with cylinder block casting slated to begin in spring 2008. At full capacity, the plant will produce 192,000 cylinder blocks a year. The expansion is expected to add 50 employees to the work force of 1,400.
This will be the fourth expansion of the plant since it began production in May 1997, Nissan said.
The automaker revealed the expansion plan as it started crankshaft forging production at the plant.
Nissan expects the plant to produce 1.1 million crankshaft forgings a year. The forgings will be used for crankshafts for engines built in the plant and exported to Nissan's plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
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