January 12, 2013

Nissan rewards Canton with sourcing for next-generation Murano crossover

Nissan announced its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has earned the sourcing contract to build the next-generation Murano crossover, which comes as Nissan begins celebrating 10 years of manufacturing in Mississippi.

Since it was established in 2003, the Nissan
Canton facility has become a cornerstone of Nissan's North American manufacturing operations. Over the past decade, Nissan Canton has grown from building one 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.

Introduced in 2002, the Murano has stood out as one of the most distinctively styled vehicles in its class both inside and out. As Nissan's flagship crossover, it remains one of the company's most important vehicles. Beginning in 2014, the Murano will be the eighth vehicle built in Canton and will require several hundred employees for production.

The new Nissan Murano will showcase a progressive crossover design, and the company will unveil styling cues for future Nissan crossovers on a concept vehicle debuting at the North American International Auto Show on January 14, 2013.

"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 per cent of the vehicles we sell in the US right here in North America."

When the plant opened Nissan became the largest private-sector employer in the region and has since brought even more high-skilled, well-paying jobs to the community while maintaining a diverse workforce that has drawn employees from 80 of Mississippi's 82 counties. 

"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."

During the past 10 years, Nissan has been a strong community partner as well. The company has contributed more than $5-million to charitable organisations in the Metro Jackson area. Nissan is a proud corporate citizen of the state of Mississippi and remains committed to supporting the communities where its employees live and work.

"A decade ago, we opened the doors of this plant and immediately became one of the region's largest private-sector employers," said Dan Bednarzyk, Vice-President of Manufacturing and Plant Manager at Nissan Canton. "To us, that meant we were not only providing thousands of jobs and making a long-term investment to the state and to the region, but that Nissan was also going to become a strong corporate partner in central Mississippi giving back and making a difference in our communities."


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