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Nissanís first European factory opens - Sep 08, 1986 - HISTORY.com (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nissans-first-european-factory-opens)

On September 8, 1986, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Yutaka Kume, the president of the Nissan Motor Company, officially open Nissanís first European manufacturing plant in Sunderland, Britain. Sunderland is situated in the northeastern part of England, a region that was hit especially hard by the deindustrialization and economic strain of the 1970s and 80s. Many of its coal pits, shipyards, steel mills, and chemical factories had closed or were closing, and the Japanese companyís arrival gave many of the townís residents hope for the future. Twenty-five thousand people applied for the first 450 jobs advertised at the plant.