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Calsonic Kansei adding 1,200 jobs at Tenn. plants

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks to reporters after announcing Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 that auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei North America is adding 1,200 jobs at three locations in the state, in Shelbyville, Tenn. Haslam announced Tuesday that the Nissan subsidiary is adding the positions to plants in Shelbyville, Lewisburg and Smyrna. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei North America says it will add 1,200 jobs at its plants in Tennessee.

The Nissan subsidiary said Tuesday that it is investing $109 million at its facilities in Lewisburg, Shelbyville and Smyrna, and that total employment in the state will reach nearly 3,800 within three years.

Shingo Yamamoto, the company's regional president and CEO, said the expansion reflects "unprecedented" growth.

Calsonic's Lewisburg plant makes electronics and plastic components for interiors, while the Shelbyville facility makes exhaust units, catalytic converters and manifolds. The Smyrna facility near the Nissan assembly plant places Calsonic products into vehicles.

Calsonic has been operating in Tennessee since 1983, when Nissan opened its first U.S. plant on the outskirts of Nashville.