Are Nissans considered foreign or domestic; that is the question. Although the Japanese lay claim to the Nissan brand, beginning in 1983, American-made Nissans have been a thriving part of the U.S. automotive scene in American cities just like Raleigh.
Early Days to Today
The first Nissan model to debut in American was a pickup truck. Today, the line includes cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, electric cars, and commercial trucks. Some of the models include the Maxima, Altima, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, Leaf, Frontier, and Titan.
More than half of the U.S. inventory of Nissan vehicles are built in America as well as Nissan products that include engines and battery (lithium) assemblies. The increase in the growth of the company has resulted in a high level of production. In 2016, the U.S. operations reached and exceeded the 1 million vehicle mark. This was a first. In the same year, the company also exceeded its expectations with the purchase of parts and materials in hundreds of suppliers located across 30 states.
Nissan has two extensive plants in the U.S. The first is in Canton, Mississippi and the second is in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Smyrna manufacturing facility is the largest of its kind in North America and has produced an estimated 15 million Nissan vehicles. Exported American-made Nissans have reached the 1.2 million mark.
Working with Nissan
Work-wise, Nissan employs approximately 137,250 workers with the bulk working in manufacturing. Thousands more are employed throughout the U.S. at Nissan and INFINITI dealerships. The company has maintained a stable working platform in the U.S. and has achieved a record of zero employee layoffs from its manufacturing facilities.
Nissan has also expanded opportunities to their employees with the addition of an educational and training facility at its Tennessee operation. Employees have the opportunity to learn/train in engineering, robotics, and manufacturing maintenance.