| Nissan's interim headquarters in downtown Nashville.
Nashville has become an increasingly popular location for the headquarters operations of large corporations.
The most widely publicized relocation of a corporate headquarters came with the announcement in 2005 that Nissan would move its North American headquarters from southern California to Nashville.
But other companies found Nashville attractive as well in the 2000s, including LP, a building products company, and Caremark, a mail-order prescription company that was subsequently acquired by CVS, the drug store chain. Other companies moving their headquarters to the Nashville area in the 2000s included Clarcor, a manufacturer and distributor of filtration products, and Asurion, which sells extended warranties for cell phones.
Nissan's move brought it closer to its manufacturing plants in Smyrna, TN, outside of Nasvhille; Decherd, TN.; and Canton, MS. The headquarters move meant the addition of approximately 1,300 jobs to the Nashville area. It also meant the construction of a $100 million headquarters building in the Cool Springs area of Williamson County.
Smaller companies announced they were moving to Nashville as well. Accelerated Christian Education of Largo, Fla., said in 2007 that it would move the Madison area in northeast Nashville and planned to eventually have 250 employees.
The recruitment of corporate headquarters was part of a larger goal by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's Partnership 2010 to attract 50,000 new jobs over four years. In the year ended June 30, 2006, alone, the Nashville area added a net of 17,700 jobs -- including those from business expansions and corporate relocations.
Nashville was already home to a number headquarters operations for large corporations, including HCA, Community Health Systems, Ingram Industries, Genesco, Dollar General and CBRL, the parent company of Cracker Barrel restaurants.