Volvo to build Byhalia distribution center, creating 250 jobs

According to the Memphis Business Journal, the Volvo Group today announced plans to build a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., that will create 250 jobs.

The “state-of-the-art” facility, which will be finished in the fourth quarter of 2014, will be the “keystone” of Sweden-based Volvo’s plans to streamline its North American parts distribution network, according to a release.

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Sneak peek at the Nissan Murano to be built in Canton

nissan-logoNissan recently revealed an early peek at the 2015 Murano, which makes its world debut on April 16 at the New York International Auto Show. Employees at Nissan’s Canton plant named one of the eight paint colors available on the new Murano. That color will be revealed and adorn the vehicle unveiled during the April 16th announcement.

The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano will become the first Murano and the ninth vehicle assembled in Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant. The 11-year old Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant becomes the global source for Murano production, creating export opportunities to more than 100 markets and nearly doubling the number of U.S. export markets.

As the halo vehicle for Nissan’s expanding range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the Murano previews a new Nissan design language for future Nissan production vehicles. Along with its innovative styling, the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano features a spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.

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Grammer opening U.S. headquarters in Lee County

imagesBy Dennis Seid

Daily Journal


SHANNON – Automotive supplier Grammer Inc., is building its new U.S. headquarters to the Tupelo-Lee Industrial Park South and creating 650 jobs.

The project, valued at $30 million over five years, will be done in two phases, officials said.

The company is moving into a 75,000-square-foot building in the industrial park, and it should be operational by the end of the year.

Grammer Inc., now based in Hudson, Wisc., is a U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based Grammer AG. It supplies automotive interiors and seating systems for commercial vehicles.

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“Today is a great day for Lee County and the state of Mississippi, as we demonstrate continued manufacturing excellence in Mississippi,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “I am excited to welcome Grammer as Mississippi’s newest business partner, and I thank the company for choosing to locate its U.S. headquarters here and provide so many new job opportunities for the area’s workers.”

The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Lane Furniture Industries is closing its manufacturing plant in the north Lee County city of Saltillo. About 480 workers will be laid off by March 21.

The Grammer announcement also comes two days after Bryant announced 80 new jobs were coming with the eighth expansion of General Atomics, an advanced technology company and defense contractor, whose facilities are across the street from Grammer’s new facility in the same industrial park.

Bryant said Grammer’s announcement is a testament to the state’s role in the automotive industry. Mississippi is home to two major automotive assembly plants – Nissan in Canton and Toyota in Blue Springs. Dozens of suppliers also make their home in the Magnolia State.

Said Bryant, “Our automotive industry has seen amazing growth in recent years, and Grammer’s announcement today further positions Mississippi as a key player in the Southern Automotive Corridor. I thank the team at Grammer for demonstrating to the world that Mississippi is a great place for business.”

Grammer AG , of Amberg, Germany, has two major divisions:

» Automotive, which supplies headrests, armrests, center consoles, head restraint systems, integrated child safety seats and side cushions to vehicle manufacturers.

» Seating Systems, which provides driver’s seats for trucks and off-road vehicles, including tractors and agricultural machinery, construction machinery and forklifts, as well as driver and passenger seating for regional and high-speed long-haul trains, coaches and buses.

Grammer AG – the “AG” stands for Aktiengesellschaft, meaning stock-owned company – was founded in 1880 as a saddlery by Willibald Grammer. In 1954, his son Georg discovered a way to fit a seat made of rubber foam and artificial leather into the sheet metal of a tractor. From there, the company expanded globally and become a premier seating and interior supplier. With 30 plants and sales offices worldwide, the company generates more than $1.5 billion in sales.

Its U.S. subsidiary, Grammer Inc., has been in the North American market for more than 35 years

Hartmut Mueller, Grammer AG’s chief executive officer, said the company chose Lee County after a “thorough evaluation of different opportunities.”

“This is the perfect fit for our North American activities,” he said. “I would like to thank Lee County and the State of Mississippi for this great opportunity and the Mississippi Development Authority for their great support during this project.”

MDA provided assistance in helping build the facility, and also provided help to move equipment to the site, for workforce training and to help build the second phase of the facility.

Lee County also provided assistance, officials said.

“We are always glad to offer support to help bring great companies such as Grammer to our state, and we are honored to welcome them as the newest member of the Mississippi business community,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “Businesses from around the world recognize that Mississippi offers a favorable, supportive business environment, and it is due in part to the great economic development professionals found throughout the state. We thank our partners in Lee County and at the Community Development Foundation for working with us to bring this great company to Mississippi.”

(UPDATED) Nissan sets November U.S. sales record with 10.7% increase

nissan-logoNissan established a November U.S. sales record with 106,528 total deliveries, marking an increase of 10.7 percent over last year’s total of 96,197. Nissan Division set a November record with 93,376 deliveries, a 10.8 percent increase over the prior year. Sales of Infiniti vehicles also set a November record with 13,152 deliveries, up 10.5 percent.

Nissan Division has sold 1,035,439 vehicles so far in 2013, up 10.7 percent and exceeding the total for all of 2012.

“Consumers’ strong demand for Nissan products continued last month, culminating in a very good Black Friday weekend and driving our sales performance to an all-time record November,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Sales and Marketing and Service and Parts, Nissan U.S.A. “Nissan has achieved record sales in eight out of 11 months in 2013 and with more than 1 million units sold, we have already outsold all of 2012.”



» Nissan division posted a November record with sales of 93,376 units, a gain of 10.8 percent from 84,300 deliveries the prior year.

» Sales of the midsize Nissan Altima set a November record at 24,604, up 21.2 percent over the prior year.

» Nissan LEAF sales set a November monthly record at 2,003, an increase of 30.1 percent over last year’s strong performance. LEAF deliveries are up 141.1 percent in 2013, establishing monthly records each month since the March debut of the 2013 model.

» Nissan Sentra deliveries were up 62.5 percent to 11,664 units on rising consumer demand and better vehicle availability.

» Frontier sales increased 54.6 percent in November to 6,003 units.


» Infiniti today reported record November sales of 13,152, up 10.5 percent from 11,897 units a year earlier.

» The all-new Infiniti Q50 saw deliveries of 5,891 units in November, one of the strongest ever monthly sales of a single Infiniti model.

» The Infiniti QX60 7-passenger luxury crossover also had its best November ever, with sales of 3,015, an increase of 19.2 percent.

Nissan sets November sales records

nissan-logoNissan established U.S. November sales records for total deliveries, as well as both the Nissan Division and Infiniti.

» Nissan total U.S. sales (Nissan + Infiniti) finished November at 106,528, an increase of 10.7 percent over the prior year. (Nov. 2012: 96,197)

» Nissan Division sales were 93,376, up 10.8 percent. (Nov. 2012: 84,300)

» Through the first 11 months of 2013, Nissan Division sales have surpassed 1 million units (1,035,439) and have exceeded the total for all of 2012. (2012 Nissan Div. sales: 1,021,779)

» Infiniti sales totaled 13,152, an increase of 10.5 percent (Nov. 2012: 11,897) spurred by strong deliveries of the Q50 sports sedan and QX60 7-passenger luxury crossover.


Nissan model highlights:

» Altima set a November record with 24,604 deliveries, an increase of 21.2 percent over the prior year.

» LEAF deliveries also set a November record at 2,003, up 30.1 percent. Atlanta once again led all markets.

» Sentra sales were up 62.5 percent to 11,664.

» Sales of Nissan Frontier pickups rose 54.6 percent to 6,003.