In the past 30 years of operation, the massive Nissan manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn. has held numerous milestone Job One ceremonies, marking the beginning of production of a new vehicle or a significant model changeover. But this week, the badge on the hood of the vehicle rolling off the assembly line represented something entirely new – the very first Infiniti built at the plant, and the first luxury vehicle ever built in the state of Tennessee.
Among the guests joining the celebration were Nissan Americas Vice Chairman Bill Krueger, Vice President Manufacturing Smyrna – Decherd Susan Brennan, Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore and U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais. Also attending were Smyrna employees, with others watching a live broadcast.
“We are extremely honored to be building this world-class vehicle, right here in Middle Tennessee,” said Brennan. “We expect the inspired design and quality craftsmanship built into every new Infiniti that rolls off the production line in Smyrna will deliver inspired performance that is second to none.”
The all-new 2013 Infiniti JX is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide in late March. “In JX, we have created the next great luxury family vehicle – one with seductive design, sophisticated craftsmanship, a roomy interior, innovations that make life more efficient, and advanced safety features,” added Poore. “I’m proud to say it’s built right here in Tennessee!”