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The United Automobile Workers just can't seem to get a big win in the South. After years of organizing at a Nissan plant in Mississippi, the vote a week ago went down just like it had twice before at its flagship plant in Smyrna. The UAW claims worker intimidation is a big factor. But organizers are also having a hard time convincing folks they need a union when their jobs may already seem like the American dream.

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Franklin-based Nissan North America wants the United Auto Workers to back off.

Late Friday night, totals were released for the recent union election at Nissan's plant in Canton, Miss., and workers voted 2-to-1 to reject UAW representation. Nissan said "the voice of Nissan employees have been heard."

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Tennessee's business community has long linked itself closely to Japan. The state is home to nearly 200 Japanese companies, and prominent Tennessee businessman Bill Hagerty is poised to be the next U.S. ambassador to the country. 

So when one Nashville-based startup decided to launch a language app that helps foreigners adapt to Tennessee, it started by targeting a clear audience: Japanese immigrants and expats.


Franklin-based Nissan North America posted strong sales gains in September. That’s despite analysts predicting a slowdown of sales in the U.S. auto market.

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In 2015, Nissan sold more vehicles in the U.S. than it ever has — nearly 1.5 million — many of them made at its flagship plant in Smyrna. Franklin-based Nissan North America posted year-end results that were up seven percent from 2014. SUV sales drove much of the increase.

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Nissan North America made some company history in 2015. For the first time, its best-selling model is now an SUV — the Rogue.

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Auto sales in May were mixed, and Franklin-based Nissan North America wound up on the low side. Its slip in monthly sales comes amid a period of double-digit growth. Nissan’s numbers were down only about 1 percent compared to the prior year, but that’s in stark contrast to the sales gains in some recent months.

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The state of Tennessee had $682,000 left over when its rebate program for electric vehicles shut down two and a half years ago. 

The money has been unspent ever since. So instead of finding another use, the Department of Environment and Conservation decided to give out rebates for EVs again until the money is gone.

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Governors in Tennessee will soon have the power to withhold economic incentives to companies that hire too many temporary workers.

The state legislature on Thursday approved a measure, Senate Bill 86, that would give the Department of Economic and Community Development more flexibility in awarding job tax credits.

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Nissan North America wants parts suppliers to set up shop as close as possible to its flagship plant in Smyrna. The Franklin-based automaker announced Tuesday the construction of a “supplier park” on its campus.