Tokyo-based auto supplier, Topre America investing $53 Million to build new facility in Smyrna, Tennessee

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015

A Nissan North America auto supplier is investing $53.3 million to build a new manufacturing facility inside the carmaker's Smyrna plant.

Topre America officials said the expansion of its current operations in Nissan’s Smyrna plant will create 100 jobs.

According to a news release, Topre first set up shop in Smyrna three years ago. The company, which supplies automotive stamping and assemblies for Nissan, Honda and Toyota car bodies, currently employs more than 150 people. Topre is headquartered in Tokyo.

“The decision to build our latest facility in Tennessee is due to a combination of a good quality workforce and a strong customer base in the area,” Topre America Vice President Brad Pepper said in a news release. “This new stamping facility will support the current assembly operation already located in Smyrna. This facility will be equipped with the latest technologies in the stamping market.”

Construction of the new facility is set to begin in August. Topre expects to start hiring in October 2016 and begin production by June 2017.

Just last month, Nissan officials said they were investing $160 million to build a 150,000-square-foot supplier park on its Smyrna campus. The company said that expansion is expected to bring 1,000 supplier jobs to the Franklin-based automakers massive production facility in Rutherford County.

It’s the latest big expansion in Rutherford County. On Tuesday, General Mills said it is investing $250 million to introduce new product lines and expand capacity at its Murfreesboro facility.