With its well-developed infrastructure, central geographical location and strong business climate, Mississippi is the ideal location for today’s automotive companies. The state’s proven track record in the automotive industry continues to expand and thrive with both OEM and supplier growth.

Located halfway between Laredo, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan, key supply locations can be reached within a day’s drive from Mississippi. The state’s transportation network, including its divided 4-lane highway system, was ranked the 8th best in the nation in 2014. Timeliness of delivery and a reputable highway system are among the many benefits Mississippi’s automotive companies enjoy.

9 models of vehicles are manufactured in Mississippi annual production in Mississippi exceeds half million

Mississippi’s low cost of doing business is also among the state’s competitive advantages. With the 7th lowest union membership rate in the nation, a top 5 ranking for speed of permitting and a top 10 ranking for competitive utility rates, Mississippi is a prime location for business investment.

Find out why world-class companies like Nissan, Toyota, PACCAR and Yokohama choose to call Mississippi home.

Automotive Success


Nissan North America, Canton, Mississippi

November 5, 2014 Production of the 2015 Nissan Murano began at the Canton, Mississippi, facility.  This marks the first time the Murano has ever been produced in the U.S. In May of 2014, Nissan announced 500 new jobs to support the production of the 2015 Nissan Murano. Read the full story >>

GRAMMER AG opened new U.S. Headquarters in Lee County Mississippi.

January 29, 2014 “After a thorough evaluation of different opportunities, we are very happy that we have chosen Lee County in Mississippi for our new U.S. headquarters. This location is the perfect fit for our North America activities,” said Hartmut Mueller, CEO of GRAMMER AG. Read the full story >>

Automotive Workforce

Mississippi’s skilled, productive workforce is one of its greatest treasures. Mississippians have a “can-do” attitude and take pride in a job well done. Robust workforce training programs offered throughout the state equip Mississippi’s workers with the necessary skills to ensure companies’ success. A right-to-work state, Mississippi’s affordable cost of living, low overall cost of doing business, and tax and financing incentives make it an attractive economic option for companies of all sizes — from start-ups to established multinational corporations.

An enterprise is only as good as its people — that’s why more industry leaders are choosing a Mississippi location to compete in today’s global marketplace.

Mississippi population is 2,991,207 Median hourly wage for production occupations in Mississippi is $13.60

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Community Colleges

Mississippi’s 15 community colleges offer 26,403 training classes and serve more than 550 companies with customized training solutions.

Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Partners (A.M.P.) program partners with industries across North Mississippi to provide highly skilled electronics engineering technicians. NMCC provides paid interns from their Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology program and currently partners with Toyoda Gosei, Schulz, FEUER, Parker Hannifin and numerous other companies.

The Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) at East Mississippi Community College is an advanced technology training center utilized by business and industry to conduct worker training. The CMTE offers manufacturing skills certification classes, M3 Production level certificates, M3 Advanced production skills classes and specialized training for companies.

Mississippi Research Universities

Mississippi is home to four major public research universities: the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi State University in Starkville, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and Jackson State University in Jackson.

Each university plays a vital role in Mississippi’s economic and workforce development. From providing cutting-edge research to training for new industry skills, Mississippi’s universities are ready to work with businesses to help them grow and succeed.

The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University helps businesses improve engineering, manufacturing and design technologies. CAVS has a facility in Starkville as well as an extension center in Canton, just across the interstate from the Nissan plant. The CAVS locations provide both research and development capabilities, as well as continued education and training for new and current industry employees.

The Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) at the University of Mississippi offers a degree in engineering, which prepares students for careers in manufacturing. The CME is advised by numerous industry executives, including those from nearby GE Aviation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi. The CME also has extensive research facilities, numerous existing co-op programs and the flexibility to provide extension programs to companies who wish to work with CME staff and students.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) at the University of Southern Mississippi is a national leader in the study of composites, advanced materials, polymers and plastics. MPI provides contract research and development services, rapid prototyping, incubator space and testing services to a wide array of industries.

Engineering Programs

Mississippi’s four public universities offer ABET-accredited undergraduate degree programs in 16 different engineering fields.

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Mississippi is centrally located between the East and West coasts and provides easy access to major U.S. markets including Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. The U.S. distribution hub of Memphis, Tennessee, is just across Mississippi’s northern state line, and the Gulf of Mexico forms the state’s southern border. The state’s transportation infrastructure provides unparalleled distribution and delivery for manufacturers.

Mississippi is centrally located between the East and West coasts and provides easy access to major U.S. markets including Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. The U.S. distribution hub of Memphis, Tennessee, is just across Mississippi’s northern state line, and the Gulf of Mexico forms the state’s southern border.

Mississippi Incentives

Mississippi is committed to the sustainability of the automotive industry in the state.

For a more comprehensive list of incentives for manufacturers, click here.

Advantage Jobs Program

The Advantage Jobs Program provides for a rebate of a percentage of Mississippi payroll to qualified companies, including automotive manufacturers, for a period of up to 10 years. Jobs must meet or exceed the average annual wage of the state or the county in which the company locates, whichever is lower.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) Reimbursement

OJT reimbursements can help offset training costs for new employees, depending on their wages and the length of training. The community college and/or WIN Job Center will work with the company to develop and negotiate a training and service plan and funding agreement. View a detailed pdf.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Construction or Expansion

Mississippi offers manufacturers and other eligible businesses that construct a new facility or expand an existing facility in the state a sales and use tax exemption on component building materials, machinery and equipment. View a detailed pdf.

Standard Property Tax Exemption

For companies that locate or expand in the state, subject to the discretion of the county and city government, this exemption is available for up to 10 years and may be granted on real and tangible property being used in the state. View a detailed pdf.

For a full list of incentives available from the state, visit the incentives page.