Nissan Canton Prepares To Celebrate 10 Years Of Manufacturing In Mississippi

 Nissan Canton Prepares To Celebrate 10 Years Of Manufacturing In Mississippi

-Company recognizes team for accomplishments and focuses on continuing
successes in 2013-

PR Newswire

CANTON, Miss., Dec. 18, 2012

CANTON, Miss., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 2 million vehicles
produced, nearly $2 billion in payroll generated and a decade after the first
vehicle rolled off the line in Mississippi, the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly
Plant is preparing to celebrate its 10^th anniversary in 2013. The company
will commemorate the anniversary with a series of events that highlight the
accomplishments of its more than 5,000 employees and underscore its commitment
to the Metro Jackson community and Central Mississippi.


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Over the past decade, Nissan's Canton plant 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. When the plant opened in 2003, 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.

Dan Bednarzyk, vice president and plant manager at the Nissan Canton Vehicle
Assembly Plant, attributes Nissan's success to the tremendous efforts of the
workforce, including suppliers, as well as the support of Central Mississippi.

"I'm often asked about our plant in Canton, and I always have to start by
talking about our employees, the heart and soul of our plant." Bednarzyk said.
"Our team members are our strength. Their spirit and extraordinary work ethic
are the reasons we have been able to consistently earn additional investment
that has continued to create jobs. We have to be competitive on a global level
to earn work here in Mississippi. I am confident that we have more to look
forward to in the future."

In 2012, the Canton team began producing additional vehicles in the Nissan
fleet including Xterra and Frontier. In fact, Nissan Canton has become a
center of expertise for body-on-frame trucks and will expand their talents to
bring the remodeled Sentra compact cars on line in 2013. This additional
production will help Nissan move toward its goal of building 85 percent of the
vehicles sold in the United States in the Americas by 2015.

Nissan Canton continues to have a positive economic impact on local businesses
and communities throughout the region. Since 2003, Nissan has contributed more
than $5 million to a wide range of community-based organizations supporting
the areas of education, diversity, humanitarian aid and the environment.
Employees have donated an additional $2 million through workplace giving and
have performed countless hours of volunteer service including mentoring
students in area schools and building homes in the Jackson and Canton
communities with Habitat for Humanity. 

Additional announcements for Nissan Canton's 10^th Anniversary activities will
be released in the weeks ahead. For more information on the plant, its people
and opportunities to visit the facility, please see the company's local
website at

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing
exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive
range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in
zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the
Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and
winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S

Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America
and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at, or visit the Americas media sites and

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at

SOURCE Nissan North America

Contact: Justin P. Saia, Nissan North America, Inc., Corporate Communications,
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