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Last Tuesday’s announcement of the first wave of production suppliers for the Nissan auto assembly plant being built in Madison County was exciting news for metro Jackson, Central Mississippi, and really, all of the state. Seven companies will employ about 1,000 workers and build eight new manufacturing facilities with an investment of about $140 million, including:

• Lextron/Visteon Automotive Systems LLC, a joint venture between Jackson-based Lextron Corporation and Dearborn, Mich.-based Visteon Corporation, will supply with front-end and cockpit modules from a 97,500-square-foot facility adjacent to the Nissan plant.

• Systems Electro-Coating LLC, a joint venture of Jackson-based Systems Consultants Associates Inc. and Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries Inc., will apply an anti-corrosion primer to parts and components from a 125,000-square-foot facility in the Canton Industrial Center.

A total of three new production plants will be built adjacent to the Nissan facility, four new production plants will be built within a two-mile radius of the plant and one new plant will be built in Vicksburg.

“We said we wanted to work with high-quality, competitive suppliers with a long-term view. We also said we are committed to a diverse supply base, and these supplier companies reflect that approach. The partnership between these local minority firms and Tier 1 automotive suppliers such as Visteon and PPG demonstrate a win-win situation that will be good for each company, for Nissan and for Mississippi,” said Nissan executive Emil Hassan.

We hope that these new developments are the early steps in what promises to be the most significant economic investment in our state’s history.

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