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Nissan announces plan to build electric vehicles in Mississippi

By: Anne Summerhays - February 17, 2022

The project represents a $500 million investment by the Company in the state of Mississippi

On Thursday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) joined officials from Nissan in announcing the company’s plans to invest $500 million in its Canton facility to build two all-new, all-electric vehicles in the state.

“For nearly two decades, Mississippians have kept our state at the forefront of the world’s automotive industry,” said Governor Reeves said in a press release. “The announcement that Nissan Canton is shifting some production to EVs further positions Mississippi as a leader in this crucial economic sector. We are a top state for automotive leaders, and this significant investment by Nissan in the Canton facility lets the world know that we are open for business and our workforce is ready to take on these in-demand jobs of the future.”

Nissan Canton employs approximately 5,000 people. The project includes upskilling nearly 2,000 employees at Nissan Canton and ensure these jobs remain in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Madison County will provide assistance for building improvements, equipment installation and workforce training in support of the project. Accelerate Mississippi will assist Nissan with its upskilling, retraining, and community outreach efforts.

Following the announcement, Governor Reeves talked with press about Nissan’s plans. He said that the investment is recognition that the products produced there in Canton, Mississippi are some of the best products in the entire industry anywhere in the world. 

“I’ve talked repeatedly about the importance of Mississippi investing in our people and the importance of focusing on not on the jobs of the last fifty years, but the jobs of the next fifty years,” Reeves said. “This is a culmination of a lot of work and a lot of effort with the company and our partnership, and I couldn’t be more proud and the victory today belongs to the people who work here.”


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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: