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Nissan Canton goes global after rolling out first Murano

nissan-logoCANTON — Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S.

Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities from the plant to more than 100 markets.

“The strategic investments that Nissan has made in Canton serve as a testament to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our workforce and suppliers,” said John Martin, Nissan’s senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. “In Canton, we build high-quality vehicles that compete and win globally, and the bold new Murano will build on that reputation.”

Murano is the eighth model currently built at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant and will be assembled on the same line as Xterra, Frontier, Titan and Armada.

Nissan added 1,300 jobs — including nearly 400 supplier jobs — in Canton to support Murano production. Since its opening in 2003, Nissan has grown the Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant from a regional manufacturing facility to a global one, investing nearly $2.8 billion in the plant. With the addition of these jobs, the plant has grown to support more than 6,000 manufacturing jobs for the first time in its 11-year history.

“More than 11 years ago, Nissan propelled Mississippi’s automotive industry into the global spotlight, and since that time, the company has served as the cornerstone of the industry in our state,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “Today’s debut of the first Murano manufactured in the U.S. once again puts Mississippi on the global stage and helps us further demonstrate to the world that we have a business environment that spurs success and a quality workforce that takes pride in a job well done.”

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