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Nissan to expand Lebanon operation

Xavier Smith • Updated Nov 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Wilson County economic and Nissan leaders have reached an agreement that will expand the company’s current operation on Couchville Pike.

G.C. Hixson, Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development director, said the company would invest $57 million into the project, with about $45 million coming in the building and land.

The group’s 700,000-square-foot expansion will create 81 jobs in Wilson County, and Hixson expects that number to grow over time. He said the building is in its first phase and will house the company’s local collision parts service.

The announcement comes after a long history between Nissan and the Wilson County JECDB of working for an agreement.

Talks between Nissan representatives and local officials and real estate agents heated up in January after a period of pondering in the second half of 2015.

The Wilson Count Joint Economic and Community Development Board executive committee approved a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the project (nicknamed Iris) last June.

At the time, the project involved the construction of a 500,000 square feet Nissan distribution facility, which would allow the company to consolidate multiple regional distribution centers into a central stand-alone facility.

Hixson said talks with Nissan cooled off in the second half of 2015 after some concern about the desired size of the facility.

In Dec. 2015, Nissan announced it would expand its Smyrna facility. That project is expected to support more than 1,000 newly created supplier jobs and have an impact on Wilson County.

“I believe it will be good for Wilson County through more jobs, as well as sub-parts and equipment suppliers that will complement the expansion,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto last year.

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