Nissan to add workers in Mississippi Facility
As someone who used to live in Mississippi, I’m happy to hear the good news. Nissan, failing to meet their demands across North America has decided to add 600 more workers in the Nissan plant located in Canton, Mississippi. Nissan will specifically dedicate those workers into creating larger outputs of the 2013 Nissan Sentra, and they have set some ambitious goals for the future.
Compared to last year, the Nissan Sentra has seen a nearly 20% decline in sales across the United States. This decline, along with the constant success of other mid-sized sedans such as the Honda Civic, led to Nissan’s management adding more workers and increased production in the Canton plant. According to Nissan’s VP of Sales, their other large plant in the continent is located in Mexico, and it barely produces Sentra’s.
In addition to the Sentra, Nissan will also start producing large amounts of XTerras and Nissan Frontiers at the Canton factory. Most foreign car manufacturers are experiencing huge spurts across the Americas, not just the United States, but countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico as well.
Canton is one of the few plants that are not organized by the United Auto Workers labor union. The UAW has said that they’re focused on organizing in Mississippi, traditionally an anti-union state. Supposedly there is growing support among workers at the plant to be represented by UAW. However, they haven’t officially stated that they plan to organize in Canton, and if they do, there looks to be fierce resistance from local anti-union politicians that believe the economic improvements from the increased production outweighs any benefits that the union provides. With the new workers, the plant in Canton will now have around 5,000 employees working at the factory.