NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a perfect Friday afternoon for a picnic at Nissan Headquarters as the Titans joined them by throwing a 2nd annual pep rally for over 1500 employees.
"Getting our people out of the office to celebrate what we are doing here in the middle Tennessee community is an amazing thing and nothing brings us together like food and football," said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, marketing communications and media at Nissan North America. "When you bring the Titans together with Nissan and add a little bit of barbeque, you've got a great event!"
"I don't know who has more fun at the event frankly - if it's the Titans' employees that help set it up or the Nissan employees!" said Titans Vice President of Marketing and Broadcast & Digital Rights, Ralph Ockenfels. "It's a wonderful event for the entire building and everybody gets the chance to come out and interact with a lot of the Titans interactive elements. It's really a treat for us to come out and be a part of it."
The picnic and pep rally took place at the Nissan North America office in Franklin. Nissan first came to the United States to sell vehicles in 1958 and began importing and making Datsun vehicles in the United States under the Nissan Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (NMC), name in 1960. In 1990, Nissan North America Inc. (NNA), was created to coordinate all of Nissan's various activities in North America to enhance the design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of Nissan vehicles. In 1998, the two organizations merged operations under the Nissan North America, Inc., name. Headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, Nissan's North American operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The picnic treated everyone to BBQ and an afternoon of fun activities including music, Titans "Blue Crew" drum line, Ride with a Titan, inflatable games, corn hole toss, tire throw, green screen booths, caricatures artists and prize giveaways. Titans' mascot, T-Rac entertained everyone with his fun antics and Titans cheerleaders signed autographs and posed for pictures.
Former Titans players, Blaine Bishop, Kevin Dyson, Chris Hope, and Chris Sanders were also on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
This weekend, the Titans are participating in Nissan's Family Day at the vehicle plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Nissan's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant opened in 1983, bringing automotive production to Tennessee for the first time. The plant has become a force for economic development, creating thousands of well-paying jobs and inspiring other auto companies and suppliers to set up operations in the state. The plant is the largest automotive manufacturing plant in the U.S. and currently produces the Altima, Maxima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Rogue and Infiniti QX60.
"Enriching people's lives" – this is the global vision of Nissan and all of its operating companies across the world. Nissan supports its vision by offering customers unparalleled products and services and by improving the quality of life in the communities where it operates.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014.
Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
Titans, Nissan host pep rally for more than 1,500 Nissan employees.