CANTON, Miss.—The Nissan Plant in Canton had a big announcement in Mississippi on the tenth anniversary of their opening.
That announcement was the company is moving their Nissan Murano line to Canton, making it the eighth vehicle to be built in the plant.
The governor was in attendance Thursday for the big news.
“Nissan continues to exceed our expectations, and I greatly value the contributions the company has made in Mississippi,” he said.
This will bring even more jobs to the area, which bolsters over 5,000 employees currently at their plant.
“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,” Bryant said. “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.”
The Murano is Nissan’s flagship crossover and will be added to the Canton facility that produces vehicles from cars all the way up to SUVs.
That announcement come today also with plenty of employees and officials from Nissan on hand naturally.
“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.”
Officials from the Mississippi Development authority were on hand Thursday also and were quick to point out the Nissan plant was the first one in Mississippi and the partnership has resulted in thousands of jobs.