Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), have announced plans to expand its engine and transaxle plant in Decherd, Tenn., and to maximize vehicle production capacity utilization at its Smyrna, Tenn., vehicle assembly plant. The expansion at the Decherd plant will add more than 500,000 square feet to the existing facility. Construction is set to begin in the fall of 2000 and production of six-cylinder (V-6) engines will start in June 2002. The expanded operation, located approximately 80 miles southeast of Nashville, will include engine machining and assembly for the production of V-6 and V-8 engines that are not currently produced in North America.