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Looking for a job in automotive engines? Infiniti is hiring at a new plant in TN

Nissan's Infiniti brand is opening a new Decherd Powertrain Plant in Tennessee as a partnership with Daimler AG, building engines for both the Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz lines of luxury cars. The plant will add about 400 new jobs to the area and opens next week.

A new facility in Decherd, Tennessee will hire about 400 people to work building engines for both Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The plant opens on June 26 and constitutes a $319 million investment by the company and will have a full capacity of about 250,000 engines per year.

The Decherd Powertrain Plant will build the 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engines for the Infiniti Q50 sedan as well as the same engine for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and derivatives. The plant will expand to build other engines as lines are added and shifts implemented.

The new plant was built by Infiniti under partnership with owners Renault-Nissan and an agreement with Daimler AG (which owns Mercedes-Benz). Initially, the engines will be shipped to Europe for use in Q50 sedans sold there and to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for use in the C-Class assembled there.

So far, Infiniti has opened about 200 of the 400 jobs the plant will eventually provide. The rest will be added as the plant ramps up production and adds more engines to the lineup.

"The opening of this new powertrain facility is an important step for Infiniti. It is the first step of our manufacturing expansion that will include the start of vehicle production in China later this year and in Europe next year," said Infiniti Motor Company President Johan de Nysschen.

The facility broke ground in May of 2012, has cost about $319 million to build, and is 310,000 square feet. It's heat-reflecting roof, natural daytime lighting, and other state-of-the-art energy efficient design elements were integral to its build. Nissan's Infiniti has been operating in Dechard, Tennessee for about 17 years so far.