The first of the new 2012 Nissan NV commercial vans began rolling out of the automaker's expanded and renovated facility in Canton, Mississippi today. Joining Nissan Americas Chairman, Carlos Tavares, and a number of other key Nissan execs at the Job One festivities was Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Gray Swoope. Canton, which currently also turns out the Nissan Altima sedan, Titan pickup and Armada SUV, underwent a $118 million upgrading program to prepare for it new NV duties which include manufacturing NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD models in both Standard Roof and High Roof configurations.
"Today's Job One ceremony not only commemorates a new era for the Canton plant and launch of the innovative Nissan NV commercial van, it also represents growth for Nissan in North America and affirmation of our dedication to building the highest quality products for customers in every major product segment," said Tavares. "Nissan has been a leading innovator in commercial vehicles around the world for more than 75 years. It's with great pride that Nissan now enters the commercial vehicle market in the United States and Canada with the dynamic lineup of innovative, high quality Nissan NV vans built right here in Mississippi."
Tavares also announced that Nissan would provide one of the new NV vans to the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson, for use in building new homes in the Canton-Jackson region. During the past five years, the automaker has given over $5 million in grant money and in-kind donations to the organization and over 5,000 Nissan team members have volunteered in more than 25 home builds across the United States. "Since we think the Nissan NV is ideally suited for use by contractors such as home builders, we've decided to let Habitat for Humanity put it to the test in the real world," said Tavares.