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Calsonic Kansei Adding 1,200 Jobs In Tennessee

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By Jason Lamb

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei North America has announced plans to add 1,200 jobs at three facilities in Tennessee in a $109 million investment.

Governor Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that the company, which is the largest supplier to Nissan in North America, is adding the positions to plants in Shelbyville, Lewisburg and Smyrna.

Haslam was joined in the announcement by the company's president and CEO, Shingo Yamamoto, and Motohiko Kato, the Japanese consul general of Japan in Nashville.

According to the company's website, Calsonic currently employs 700 people in Shelbyville and another 890 in Lewisburg. Another 560 people work at Calsonic facilities in Smyrna and in Canton, Miss., where Nissan assembles vehicles.

Calsonic's products include automotive climate control, electronics, cooling and exhaust systems.

The announcement comes on the heels of a Nissan workforce expansion last year, adding a third shift with the production of the Nissan Altima in Smyrna.

Today's announcement fuels speculation that Nissan may soon shift production of the Murano crossover to Tennessee.

Nissan officials refuse to say whether those reports are true, but it's something community leaders alluded to this morning.

"My own private car is a Nissan Murano," said Motohiko Kato, the Consulate General to Japan.  "It's made in Japan.  It's a nice car, but I'm ready to see a new Murano made in the U.S.A."

The expansion at all three Calsonic-Kensai facilities should be finished by the end of 2015.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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