COOPER STATEMENT ON NISSAN TENNESSEE ANNOUNCEMENT
Below is a statement from U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) on the news that Nissan will retool its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant to build advanced electric vehicles and batteries:
"Today's announcement is great news for Tennessee. Nissan's commitment to producing an affordable, all-electric car in Smyrna will position our state as a leader in the 21st century American economy and create as many as 1,300 green Tennessee jobs. This investment will grow our state's middle class, reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and lessen the harmful effects of climate change.
"The Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program is working just the way Congress intended when we funded it in 2008. Under this program, President Obama and Secretary Chu are investing in innovative companies that create green jobs for the future. Naturally, I think they're off to a great start."
"Above all, I'm proud that Tennessee is becoming known as a hub for clean energy technologies and automotive innovation. We will lead the way to a more sustainable, prosperous future."