Governor Bredesen hails opening of new plant in Dyersburg - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Governor Bredesen hails opening of new plant in Dyersburg

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen visited Dyersburg Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of a new plant expected to bring jobs to the region. 

The 100,000 square foot facility, which will house almost 150 employees, has taken nearly three years to build and represents a capital investment of more than $6 million. 

NSK is the first Japanese owned automotive supplier to make such an investment in rural West Tennessee.  Governor Bredesen and State Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber said Thursday's grand opening is just one example of the expanding relationship between Japan and Tennessee.

"Japanese business people are probably more oriented toward those personal relationships and knowing the people they are working with than European and American business people are," Bredesen said.

NSK leaders said they chose Dyersburg as the site for their new plant because of the community's willingness to work together.

NSK is slowly adding both employees and customers. 

It is uncertain just how long it will take for them to operate at full capacity. However, there is already talk of possible expansion at the Dyersburg plant.

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