By The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss
JACKSON, Miss. —
By The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger:
When new cars began rolling from the assembly line at Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant a decade ago, high hopes were in place that the factory would become a cornerstone of pride and economic success for Mississippi.
Nissan promised to become a part of the community, creating jobs and making a long-term investment both inside the factory and out. The state, and the Jackson metro area, made significant commitments as well, with tax incentives and marketing and training participation to help make it happen.
A decade later, we’re pleased to say that the Nissan Canton plant has been everything promised and more for Mississippi and the Jackson metro area.
The Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, which began production in May 2003, commemorates its 10th anniversary...
In 2012, Nissan and Gov. Phil Bryant announced expansion plans for the Canton facility, creating 1,000 new jobs and the added production of the Sentra compact car. With that addition, Nissan makes at its 450,000-vehicle capacity plant, models including the Altima mid-size sedan, Armada SUV, Titan full-size pickup, Frontier mid-size pickup, Xterra mid-size SUV, passenger vans and commercial vans.
That’s a diversified, impressive Mississippi-made lineup.
As a result, the plant that began a decade ago with just a couple thousand workers, now employs 5,200 at its 4.2 million square foot Canton facility spanning 1,400 acres.
Nissan has been an active community member in its first decade of operation here, making a commitment to education a cornerstone of its care. In 2012, for instance, Nissan North America, in conjunction with BankPlus, awarded educational grants totaling more than $77,000 to local schools in Mississippi.
The impact involving thousands of individuals over the years has been significant and too involved to name each and every one. But to illustrate the impact of Nissan in Mississippi and the Jackson metro area over the course of the plant’s first decade, one need only consider these points:
— Annual payroll over $200 million
— More than $350,000 in charitable contributions annually
— More than $7 million in total charitable donations since 2003
Mississippi can boast that hundreds of thousands of Nissan vehicles made in Canton roam the roads across North America each and every day. We are proud of the plant, and its 5,200 workers, and congratulate Nissan on a fine first decade in Canton.