Governor Bryant Declares Automotive Industry Week in Mississippi
Published By : 02 Mar 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has declared the first week of March 2015, March 1-7, as Automotive Industry Week in Mississippi. The move has been taken in tribute to the automotive industry’s vital role in developing the Southern state’s economy and giving it a clear vision of becoming an automotive manufacturing hub.
Mississippi’s past is almost synonymous with racial tension and resistance to the civil rights movement, although the origin of blues music deserves a high seat of honor. However, thanks to the auto industry’s influx in mid-2000s, the state is set to shed its regressive image and go on to become a prime manufacturing region for the auto industry. Already housing global giants in the auto industry such as Toyota and Nissan, the auto industry week marks the ten-year anniversary of the first car manufactured in Mississippi.
After a steady expansion aided by state regulations, the auto industry manufacturing scene in Mississippi received a major boost around the turn of the decade, as Toyota and Nissan consolidated or started new factories. Nissan’s expansion to its factory in Canton, outside Mississippi’s state capital Jackson, added about 1,000 new jobs, also benefitting the neighboring state of Tennessee in the process. Meanwhile, Toyota’s factory in Blue Springs is a major manufacturer of the Toyota Corolla, one of the best selling automotive units of all time.
The state’s automotive industry now consists of a whopping 108 sites, from which 89 international automotive companies operate. The auto industry in the state has produced close than 3.5 million vehicles since its inception and has contributed US$4.1 billion to the state’s economy. The 200 automotive supply companies that function in conjunction with the auto industry are responsible for more than 40,000 jobs in the state, lending credence to Gov. Bryant’s acclaim for the auto industry.