Nissan says that production of the all-new 2013 Sentra will move to its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in the fourth quarter of this year. The CVAP, located in Canton, Mississippi, will also receive production of the 2013 Frontier pickup truck and Xterra sport utility. The workforce at the plant will be augmented by another 1,000 jobs, growing the total employee base at the plant to more than 4,500.
The Frontier and Xterra share a platform and are currently produced at Nissan's assembly facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. The governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, announced the move by Nissan to increase the Canton plant at a press event alongside senior leadership from Nissan, hundreds of plant employees, and the community.
"Nissan has been a valued member of our state and local business communities and a leading employer in Mississippi for nearly a decade," said the governor.
The CVAP is a 3.5-million square foot facility sitting on 1,400 acres just outside of Jackson, Mississippi. Nissan's total investment in the plant to-date is over $2 billion. Canton currently builds the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima, which is Nissan's best-selling vehicle, and the Armada full-sized SUV along with its pickup truck brother the Titan. Adding the three new models to the plant will make it a global production center for the company and one of the largest body-on-frame assembly facilities in Nissan's porftolio.
Nissan began production in Mississippi in 2003 and has steadily grown its presence in the community and the state as it's added more and more jobs to operations there. The state is quickly becoming the American headquarters for the company's global reach as Nissan grows its market share.