Every year for more than a decade, the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has joined forces with Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area (HFHMCA) to build affordable, sustainable homes in the local community. This year, Nissan employees are focusing their efforts on building a home for a local family in the Richard Circle neighborhood of Canton.
Partnering with 100 Black Men of America, Nissan North America hosted its fourth annual Resume Challenge for African American high school juniors and seniors from six U.S. cities including Jackson, Mississippi. The Resume Challenge is just one important way the automaker is recognizing Black History Month.
Nissan has donated $25,000 to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute (MMEI) to support ongoing mentoring and academic training efforts of students across the state. Since 2013, Nissan has donated more than $85,000 to the organization.
On Saturday, February 4, 2017, the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant kicked off Black History Month 2017 with a free screening of the movie "Hidden Figures" for more than 200 girls in the Greater Jackson area.
Nissan sold its first automobile in the U.S. in 1958, with U.S. manufacturing beginning in June of 1983 as a white Nissan pickup truck rolled off the assembly line. More than 33 years later, Nissan has four U.S. manufacturing facilities capable of producing 1 million vehicles, 1.4 million engines, 1.4 million forgings and 456,000 castings annually.
Today Nissan announced a $20,000 donation to the Mississippi Food Network as part of its ongoing support for Mississippi children in need. The funds will be used to expand the organization's BackPack Program for students in elementary through junior high school. In addition to the monetary contribution, which will fund 4,000 backpack meals, employees from the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton packaged more than 800 meal kits for the program on November 22 as part of a Nissan day of service.
Today Nissan and BankPlus will award 32 grants totaling $90,281 to fund creative educational projects taught by teachers in the Canton and Madison County school districts, which will each receive 16 grants.
The opening of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in 2003 brought automotive production to Mississippi for the first time. Since then, the plant has become a force for economic development, creating thousands of well-paying jobs. For more than a decade, the Canton team has been assembling quality, award-winning cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. The plant has grown significantly over that time and transformed from a domestic manufacturer to a global one.
"Steel to Wheels" is a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing process of the Nissan TITAN XD, produced from raw steel to finished truck at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi plant. This story is part of a global series highlighting Nissan's key products and plants, and the people who are behind them.