Nissan Motor shifting non-core jobs to India

Tennessee, Feb 25 | Updated: Feb 26 2005, 06:40am hrs
Some Nissan Motor Co office jobs in Tennessee will be outsourced to India as part of the companys effort to cut costs.

The company is turning over some of its non-core tasks at its Smyrna assembly plant to a business unit of GE Capital International Services, which will handle the work in India, said Fred Standish, corporate communications director for Nissan North America.

The functions that were done here will be done over there, he said. It should be transparent to all of our customers.

The move is part of an ongoing cost-cutting effort and will affect about 150 Nissan employees and contract workers in the united states, Mr Standish said.

Nissan employs 17,000 people in the US, including 7,100 in Tennessee at Smyrna and an engine manufacturing plant in Decherd.

Tom Groom, director of communications for the Japanese automakers Canton, Mississippi, and Smyrna plants, said the number of affected office jobs in Tennessee will be minimal, but the company declined to break down the jobs by location.