Rail helps attract Nissan to Mississippi

Ridgeland, MS – Madison County, Mississippi, is home to one of Nissan’s North American assembly plants—a 3.5 million square foot facility that has helped bring thousands of jobs to the region since it opened in 2003.

Freight rail access was a major factor in Nissan’s decision to build its facility in Madison County, which is located near a major CN terminal switching yard in the city of Jackson, the headquarters for CN’s U.S. central sub-region.

Nissan employs more than 5,600 people at the Madison County plant and it has built more than 2.3 million vehicles there.  Since Nissan first moved to Mississippi, more than 180 auto supplier firms, including Calsonic Kansei, Johnson Controls, and Tower Automotive, have opened across the state.

“Nissan’s success demonstrates the vital role rail transportation plays in economic development in the state of Mississippi.  Nissan and its suppliers have brought good-paying jobs to Madison County and hopefully more to come in the future,” said Mayor Gene McGee of Ridgeland.