Motor Co. Ltd. has broken ground on a supplier park at its
Canton, Miss., assembly plant in a move intended to localize
its supply chain.
"We (will) continue
our localization and investment efforts in the United States,"
vice president Dan Bednarzyk said during a groundbreaking
ceremony July 30.
Japan-based automaker said the supplier park will help make the
Canton plant more competitive globally and allow Nissan to
build more cars and trucks in the region.
Nissan said it wants
to bring more production to the United States, and plans to
move the assembly of the next-generation Nissan Murano to
Canton from Japan beginning in 2014 (
amm.com, Jan. 11). By 2015, 85 percent of Nissan
vehicles sold in the United States will be built in North
America, the company said, up from 69 percent currently.
The supplier park will include a 1-million-square-foot
logistics center on the north end of Nissans campus and
infrastructure improvements to a supplier logistics center on
the south end. The facility will support inbound production
parts and outbound returnable containers, among other
functions, and create more than 800 jobsan estimated 400
positions among suppliers and 400 employees Nissan has hired
since June 1 in anticipation of the facility.