CHICAGO Nissan 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.
The Yokohama, 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.