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Contact: Sally Williams, Public Relations
Canton, Miss. (January 10, 2013) – Governor Phil Bryant joined Nissan North America officials today in announcing the move of the Nissan Murano crossover model to the company’s Canton, Miss., facility. The announcement was made at Nissan’s Canton plant during a celebration marking the company’s 10-year anniversary of manufacturing in Mississippi.
“Nissan continues to exceed our expectations, and I greatly value the contributions the company has made in Mississippi,” Governor Bryant said. “Over the last ten years, Nissan has had a tremendous economic impact on central Mississippi, has catalyzed our state’s automotive industry and has continued to grow its Mississippi operations. I appreciate Nissan’s trust in our workforce and I believe it led to the company’s decision to produce the new Murano in Canton, further demonstrating Mississippi’s strength as a manufacturing location.”
Nissan currently employs more than 5,000 people at its Canton facility. The company first announced plans to build an automotive assembly plant in Canton in 2000, and the Nissan Canton facility started production in 2003. Since that time, the plant has become a cornerstone of Nissan’s North American manufacturing operations.
Over the past decade, Nissan has continued to invest in its Mississippi operations. The Canton plant has grown from building one vehicle model to seven, including the award-winning Altima, the Armada full-size SUV, the Xterra mid-size SUV, the Titan and Frontier pickup trucks and NV commercial and passenger vans.
The Murano, Nissan’s flagship crossover, will be the eighth vehicle built in Canton. Production of the new Murano in Canton will begin in 2014.
“As we look back on ten years of manufacturing in Canton, it’s become clear throughout the Nissan network that ‘Made in Mississippi’ is a stamp of quality and great people,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas. “With the addition of this new model in Canton, Nissan is well on its way toward meeting our goal to manufacture 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. right here in North America.”
“As the first automotive assembly plant to open in Mississippi, Nissan’s Canton plant propelled our state’s automotive industry to new heights,” said Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “We greatly value the partnership we have with Nissan, the high-quality jobs the company has created for thousands of Mississippi residents and the contributions Nissan has made to our state’s economy, and we look forward to continuing to work with the company in the years ahead.”
About Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. Nearly 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, the Authority provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org.