The announcement by Nissan Americas ( IW 1000/29) on June 28 that it will add production of the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra compact car to its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi means that 1,000 new jobs will be created.
The line will begin in the fourth quarter of 2012, along with the planned November shift of the Frontier pickup truck and Xterra SUV to Canton from Nissan's operations in Smyrna, Tenn.
"The Canton team has proved it can compete and win on a global scale, and it is due to this that we are adding three vehicles to our production roster in Mississippi," said Bill Krueger, vice chairman, Nissan Americas.
Production of the all-new Sentra, one of Nissan's best-selling models, also will take place at its plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where the model is produced today.
"Nissan has been a valued member of our state and local business communities and a leading employer in Mississippi for nearly a decade," Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said.
Nissan's Canton Assembly Plant, a 3.5-million square-foot facility on 1,400 acres outside of Jackson, Miss., represents an investment of more than $2 billion. In addition to future Sentra production, Canton currently builds the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima as well as the Armada full-size SUV, Titan full-size pickup and NV commercial vans. With the addition of Frontier and Xterra production, Canton will serve as a global center of excellence for body-on-frame vehicles.