Manufacturing staffing to jump in Mississippi

06.29.2012


Manufacturing staffing to jump in Mississippi
Manufacturing staffing to jump in Mississippi

Before the close of the year, the city of Canton, Mississippi, will be celebrating the creation of 1,000 new manufacturing jobs that will be created to help Nissan assemble three new vehicle models, the Clarion Ledger reports.

According to the news provider, a spokesperson announced on Thursday, June 28, that it will increase its Mississippi manufacturing staffing by 1,000 as it begins work on the new versions of the Sentra compact Sedan in December and the Frontier pickup truck and Xterra SUV in November.

"We build something special here in Canton," said Dan Bednarzyk, who oversees manufacturing at the plant. "Today, we're here to talk about the next chapter of our history."

The company has already hired about 400 people, while the remaining 600 jobs will be filled by December. After the new workers are added, the plant's total workforce will rise to 4,500. The injection of new jobs will greatly benefit Madison County, which already boasts the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.2 percent.

With the new jobs will also come increased spending and more home startups in the coming years, said Tim Coursey, executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority.

"One-thousand jobs - that's the equivalent of a [new] manufacturing plant by itself," he said.

The new plant will mark the company's first foray into building the Sentra on American soil. Although it has extensive sales in the U.S., it is currently manufactured in Mexico. The Frontier and Xterra are currently manufactured at the company's Smyrna, Tennessee plant, but will move to Mississippi as the company looks to make room for increased production of its Leaf electric vehicle.

According to The Associated Press, Nissan plans to pump $20 million into the Canton facility to boost vehicle production, $7.5 million of which will be provided by the state for costs incurred from worker training and new infrastructure.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the manufacturing industry has been leading the way in job creation. In May, manufacturing staffing grew by 12,000, following a similar positive increase of 9,000 in April. Overall employment growth, however, was tepid last month, adding just 69,000 jobs.