Nissan Expands Canton Plant to Attract Suppliers image

Nissan announced it will add a 1-million-square-foot manufacturing space at the Canton plant, Mississippi, part of its strategy to bring more suppliers here.

“The supplier logistics center will serve as an immediate space for suppliers,” the company said. “The integrated logistics center will be used for multiple purposes supporting operations including inbound production parts, outbound returnable containers and supplier operations.”

Nissan aims at making Canton a global manufacturing hub for the Murano crossover next year. Today, July 30th, the automaker broke ground on a large supplier building located next to the Canton plant, which will house integrated suppliers. Nissan plans to bring more suppliers to Mississippi as it will transfer production of the Murano from Japan in 2014 and export it globally.

Nissan believes that in order to make the Murano cost competitive globally it has to bring the vehicle’s supply chain as close to the final assembly as possible.

“Current plans for the project call for construction of an integrated logistics center that will be located on the north end of Nissan’s campus,” said Nissan. “Additional infrastructure improvements will also be made to the current supplier logistics center building located at the south end of Nissan’s campus.”

Source: Autonews