Local officials have a reason to celebrate as the Japan-based motor company Nissan announced on June 27, 2013 that it would add 900 more jobs to build the Rogue at the Smyrna factory. Mark O’Neal, manager of the Smyrna factory said that this is great news for the community.
O’Neal added, “It’s great obviously for Smyrna. It’s another regional impact. Nissan continues to expand their facilities and productions. That puts them well over 7,000 jobs out there. That’s tremendous for the community. It’s tremendous for our citizens who work out there.” The new jobs announced will be with the Nissan contractor Yates which had started hiring on June 1, 2013.
Justin Saia, spokesperson for Nissan, said that the full-time jobs at the company will have a salary of $13.25 to $15.25 an hour, which includes the assembly line and production, industrial maintenance, tool and die maker, material handling, warehouse and production support positions.
The announcement was made by the company when Smyrna and Rutherford County saw an increase in the unemployment rate in May 2013. The county had a jobless rate of 6.8 percent, which marked an increase from 6.3 percent in April of this year.