NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors has announced it is relocating its North America headquarters from California to Tennessee, a move that will bring the Japanese automaker closer to its sister company Nissan and strengthen Tennessee’s growing reputation as an epicenter of the automotive sector.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe made the announcement with Mitsubishi Motors North America on Tuesday.

According to officials, the headquarters move from Cypress, California, to Franklin, Tennessee, will result in an $18.25 million investment in the region and approximately 200 jobs.

Mitsubishi Motors’ North America headquarters has been located in California since 1988. The company expects the relocations will be completed by the end of the year.

Nissan has a production plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, and owns a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors.

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