CHICAGO Nissan North
America Inc. says it is making rapid progress on the
construction of its third manufacturing plant in Mexico.
The assembly plant in
Aguascalientes is intended to increase manufacturing capacity
to satisfy demand in both the Mexican and international
markets, the Franklin, Tenn.-based company said.
Construction started in July and
is nearly 80 percent complete. Nissan aims to have the plant
operational by year-end.
The expanded production will be
supported by a network of suppliers based at the adjacent
supplier park, as well as from other locations, the company
said. Nissans Mexican-made vehicles have 80 percent
domestic content. The facility is expected to create 3,000 new
jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs, it said.
When completed, the plant will be able to produce 175,000
compact vehicles per year, according to Nissan.