Nissan announces $170M investment to support Altima production

The investment will be spread over two factories.

Nissan has announced that it is investing $170 million into its Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi assembly plants to support production of the all-new 2019 Altima.

Nissan will use the money to update several of the plants' facilities. A new, state-of-the-art laser brazing system will be installed, allowing the flexibility to weld the Altima's stylized trunk lid. The paint shop will also be upgraded to use a more durable stone guard paint system. Lastly, Nissan has invested in calibration equipment that will be used to fine tune its ProPILOT Assist technology.

"Nissan's continued investment in our manufacturing facilities underpins our commitment to building top-quality vehicles in the U.S., as well as our valued workforce and the communities where we do business," said Heath Holtz, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, Nissan North America, Inc.

The investment coincides with the start of production of the all-new Altima. Nissan started production of the Altima on Thursday, with the mid-size sedan set to go on sale nationwide this fall.

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