Here is the story as reported by Richard Lawson with the Nashville Post:
“Nissan Americas opens Cool Springs HQ
Nissan Americas made it official today that the Cool Springs headquarters is open for business.
In front of crowd of mostly Nissan corporate employees, Nissan top executives along with Sen. Lamar Alexander and Gov. Phil Bredesen thanked everyone under the hot sun and then some.
Alexander and Bredesen represent the bookends in convincing Nissan to move its North American headquarters from Los Angeles to Franklin.
Alexander worked to bring the manufacturing plant to Smyrna 25 years ago, planting the seed for the headquarters eventually moving here. Bredesen closed the deal that had been years in the making.
Bredesen’s predecessor Don Sundquist wasn’t on the stage when the announcement was made in the State Capitol more than two years ago. At the time, Sundquist’s contribution in shepherding recruitment effort for his eight years got little to no recognition.
Sundquist wasn’t on the stage today either. But in perhaps the most public forum to date, Bredesen publicly thanked Sundquist for his contribution in convincing Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor’s chief executive officer, and Nissan executives in Japan to move the headquarters here.”