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June 28 ceremony to mark Nissan milestones

There will be a ceremony next Thursday, June 28, at the Nissan plant in Canton to celebrate a few of the facility’s recent achievements.

A press release says state, local and company officials will gather with Nissan employees to mark the company’s “growth strategy to expand production and job creation in Mississippi.” The plant started producing the 2013 Altima June 7. ThisĀ fall, the Frontier midsize pickup and the Xterra SUV will shift production to Canton, from the company’s Smyrna, Tenn., plant. The Titan truck and Armada SUV have been made at the plant since it came online in 2003. Production of the NV commercial vehicle started a couple years ago.

Overall, the plant has the capacity to make more than 400,000 vehicles per year, and employs over 3,300 people.

The release also says that Nissan and political officials will review what the two entities are doing to expand manufacturing in Mississippi and beyond. The plant, which employs 3,300 people, was Mississippi’s first automotive plant. Toyota became the second last November.




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