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Nissan has announced that as of April 1st it will begin closing its Detroit Design Studio (aka, Nissan Design America) as well as restructure its sales and marketing departments. What this will mean is the loss of 110 jobs. And that’s no April Fools Joke.
Only 10 of those jobs will be lost in the design department, however, as Nissan plans to integrate the Detroit (Farmington Hills) office into its San Diego facility. The Farmington Hills NDA building is itself a great piece of architectural design and will continue to stay in Nissan’s hands and will likely be used by those Nissan staff at the Nissan Technical Center in Farmington Hills.
The majority of the job losses will occur in the marketing department as Nissan moves to eliminate several regional sales offices (including Nissan Mid-Atlantic in Herndon, Va.; Nissan Northwest in Pleasanton, Calif.; Infiniti Central in Aurora, Ill.; and Infiniti South in Atlanta). The closures will see the current 11 regional offices be decreased to just 7 offices with 23 satellite offices.
Official release after the jump: