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Nissan’s Canton chief taking new position, will leave Mississippi

The head of Nissan’s Canton facility is taking a new position within the company.

Dan Bednarzyk will be the vice president of what Nissan is calling Total Delivered Cost, effective May 13. It’s a newly created position.

Bednarzyk’s new role will be to oversee Nissan’s cost efficiency operations in North and South America. His job description will center on lowering overall manufacturing costs.

Bednarzyk has been in Canton since the facility started production in 2003. He’s been with Nissan since 1985. His new office will be in Franklin, Tenn, Nissan’s North American headquarters.

“Dan’s extensive experience in manufacturing and his successful leadership of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant will help him drive total delivered cost improvements across all our manufacturing operations,” Bill Krueger, senior vice president of manufacturing, purchasing, production engineering and supply chain management, said in a company press release announcing the change.

Bednarzyk’s replacement is David Aldana, who is currently head of Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Like Bednaryzk, Aldana has been with the company since 1985, when he was named deputy general manager of the Nissan Civac plant in Cuernavaca, Mexiso. He has since held several manufacturing management position in Mexico and the U.S.

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