Got to play with the JX at the auto show. Should be very popular among families. I wonder if the Pathfinder lineup will eventually end up in Tennessee.SMYRNA — Nissan’s first $40,000-plus luxury Infiniti JX crossover rolled off the assembly line here at midday Monday, but that’s just the start of a giant boost from the Asian carmaker’s plant over the next year.
Total employment at the Smyrna plant could be pushing 6,000 workers — nearly double its current level — by early next year as workers build two new crossover utility vehicles plus batteries and eventually the Leaf electric car here.
Nissan said 1,000 jobs would be filled over the next year to staff a second shift on the plant’s truck line to assemble the JX, the first of which was shown Monday, and a redesigned Nissan Pathfinder crossover that comes later this year.
In addition, about 1,300 workers will be hired to make lithium-ion batteries for the Nissan Leaf electric car and to add Leaf production to the Smyrna plant in early 2013, the company said earlier. The plant currently employs 3,500 workers.