I’m leaving town for a bit today. I’m sorry, but whatever media event you folks manage to conjure up today, you won’t manage to get an immediate response no matter how many times you spam me with it. Though I’m still marveling at the genius of the Tea Party Patriots wanting to storm Senate offices today to protest votes that haven’t even happened yet by their biggest elective successes Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio. Someone needs some strategic vision consultants stat. Anyway…
So while I’m on the road with whatever subcompact Hertz randomly decides is equivalent to a “full size” car, I’ll leave you to discuss this potential economic development nugget. Infiniti is looking for a site to build a North American assembly plant:
Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that Nissan is considering a standalone production facility for its luxury division somewhere in North America. De Nysschen said Infiniti is considering locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, but declined to give further details.
De Nysschen said Nissan hasn’t completely ruled out adding Infiniti production at one of its existing North American plants, but told the WSJ “the question is how much capacity you could build.”
If given the green light, Infiniti’s North American plant could be up and running as soon as 2017. The plant, which would carry a price tag of about $2 billion, would have the capacity to produce 100,000 vehicles per year and create 2,000 jobs.
Nissan currently builds cars outside of Nashville Tennessee, which would again give Georgia the potential for the “adjoining state” strategy that worked well with Kia given the proximity to Hyundai’s plant near Montgomery. Nissan also currently has a plant in Canton Mississippi and another North American Plant in Mexico.
If Infiniti chooses Georgia for their next plant I won’t guarantee I’ll be driving one on my next road trip, but I will note that we’ve added one Kia Sorento to the family since West Point opened its plant. So, that’s the best incentive I can offer for Nissan. See the Governor if you want that topped by $400 Million or so.