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FC’s Edwards receives promotion at Nissan

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Nissan North America officials announced Tuesday that Franklin County native Gary Edwards has been promoted to vice president of the Decherd Powertrain Operations and Smyrna Battery Plant.

Edwards began his Nissan career at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in 1983.Gary-Edwards

Throughout the years, he worked in various engineering departments as he pursued his BS degree in engineering technology.

When Nissan began construction on its Decherd plant, Edwards came from Smyrna to oversee the installation of its assembly lines that would eventually produce engines for the Nissan Altima and additionally add on production capacity for several other Nissan vehicles.

Today the plant can produce more than one million engines, and in Edwards’ new capacity, he will launch the Decherd Infiniti Powertrain plant in June.

The plant will eventually have the capacity to produce 250,000 engines.

Also under Edwards’ watch is the Smyrna Battery Plant that produces batteries for the Nissan Leaf, an electric car.

Prior to being promoted to the position, Edwards served as the Director of Engineering, Quality Assurance and Parts Quality at the Decherd manufacturing plant.

Edwards serves on the Board of Directors of the Franklin County United Way and previously had been a member and president of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Franklin County Rotary Club.

The father of three sons and a daughter, Mr. Edwards is a Winchester resident.

The Decherd plant is a $1 billion facility that employees more than 1,500 with an annual payroll of $60 million.

The sprawling 1.2 million square foot building sets on 964 acres in Decherd. Its first production day was May 16, 1997.