Nissan North America announced it's building a supplier park near its Canton plant.
The expansion will support 800 jobs, including 400 newly created supplier jobs and 400 hires Nissan has made since June 1 in anticipation of the project.
The company says the supplier park project represents a company investment of more than $50 million and is Nissan’s first major supplier park located in North America.
"Today, we begin an exciting new chapter in Mississippi as we continue our localization and investment efforts in the United States," said Nissan vice-president Dan Bednarzyk. "Today’s groundbreaking supports our efforts to bring more Nissan cars and trucks to our plant in Mississippi, and means more Mississippi jobs. Additionally, the supplier park will help make us more globally competitive in our Canton Mississippi plant."
Nissan employs more than 5,600 people at its Canton plant. The facility has built more than 2.3 million vehicles, with current production of the Altima, Sentra compact sedan, Armada full-size SUV, Xterra mid-size SUV, Titan and Frontier pickup trucks and NV full-size commercial cargo and passenger vans.
Nissan’s crossover model, the Murano, will become the ninth vehicle produced at the Canton plant beginning in 2014.