DECHERD, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan has broken ground on an engine plant in Decherd, Tenn., that is expected to create up to 400 jobs.
The plant will assemble 4-cylinder engines for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models when production begins in 2014.
The engines will be supplied for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is built at a Daimler plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
An existing plant in Decherd already makes engines for the Infiniti JX. That plant began powertrain assembly in 1997 and manufactures four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines for all U.S.-produced Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.
Nissan and Daimler first began a partnership in April 2010.
Nissan's USA headquarters are in Franklin, Tenn., just south of Nashville. A manufacturing facility is at Smyrna just southeast of Nashville.
Decherd is about 80 miles southeast of Nashville.
Nissan has broken ground on an engine plant in Decherd, Tenn., that is expected to create up to 400 jobs.