Nissan to use Tennessee factory to manufacture Leaf engines  Nissan has emerged over the past few years as a model of strategic sourcing as it quickly recovered from the supply chain disruptions emanating from the natural disasters that struck Japan in March. This week, the company announced it will achieve business cost reductions and improve its manufacturing efficiency by shifting some of its production to the U.S.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Japan-based Nissan plans to construct motors for its electric vehicle offering, the Leaf, at its engine plant in Decherd, Tennessee. The news was greeted with cheers by a local community that suffered after the so-called Big Three U.S. automakers began to fall from their place as the largest in the world.

Since the recession, however, global auto sales have surged and for the first time ever electric vehicles like the Leaf are becoming increasingly adopted by U.S. consumers wary of volatile oil prices.

Nissan said that production of the motors at the Tennessee factory will begin in 2013 and will create up to 90 additional jobs at the plant. The project is being funded by the Department of Energy to encourage advanced clean energy technology.
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