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Nissan Investing $118 Million to Expand Facility in Mississippi

Japanese automaker Nissan will invest $118 million to retool its plant in Canton, Mississippi, to produce a new commercial vehicle, the first of its kind for Nissan in the United States. A company statement says production of the vehicle, which is scheduled to launch in the North American market in 2010, will require a number of additions at the facility, including the expansion of assembly and paint shops and renovations such as wider aisles and lengthened chassis carriages. "The expansion at our Canton plant represents a major step on the way to Nissan's entering the commercial-vehicle market in North America," says Dan Bednarzyk, vice president of manufacturing at the Canton facility. "We realize this initiative means growth for Nissan in the U.S., and we are proud these important products for the future of our company will be built here in Mississippi." The new concept vehicle is being unveiled at a national truck show in Chicago today. The Associated Press reports that Nissan will discontinue production of the Titan pickup truck and two sport utility vehicles currently being built in Canton to make way for the new vehicle; production of the Altima and other passenger cars will continue there.

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