Automotive Manufacturing in Mississippi

Where advanced automobile manufacturing comes together

The Magnolia State has been a key player in the automobile manufacturing industry since Nissan established its 5 million-square-foot assembly plant in Canton in 2003. Nissan has invested significantly in the facility since its opening, and now, the company is gearing up to begin production of electric vehicles at the plant. In 2022, the automotive giant announced it was investing $500 million to partially convert the plant to begin production of two all-new, all-electric vehicles – positioning Mississippi to welcome more EV manufacturers to shovel-ready sites throughout the state.

Since the opening of Nissan Canton nearly 20 years ago, other industry-leading automotive companies have established operations in the state. Toyota and PACCAR have locations in Mississippi, along with a host of automobile suppliers. Mississippi also is home to three of the nation’s largest tire makers, Continental Tire, Yokohama Tire and Cooper Tire.

Over half a million vehicles are produced in-state annually, including nine globally recognized models. Mississippi is also a right-to-work state, with a low cost of living and other incentives available for manufacturers.

More than 200 employers in the auto industry employ more than 15,000 Mighty Mississippians on a daily basis. Pair that with Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, University of Mississippi’s Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence and several technical colleges that offer customized training to meet companies’ needs, and you have a winning combination for advanced automobile manufacturing.

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Success Flows Through Mississippi
In 2003
Nissan became the first carmaker to build a manufacturing facility in Mississippi
automotive-related manufacturers in state
skilled workers employed in the automotive industry
Mississippi offers a four-lane highway infrastructure, six interstates and 14 federal highways
  • Automobile industry workforce
  • Automobile manufacturer incentives

Mighty Mississippi has talent on autopilot

Automotive-related manufacturers employ more than 15,000 skilled workers in Mississippi.

The state’s 15 community colleges offer thousands of training classes and customized training solutions each year — not to mention the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence and the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems’ consistent achievement of job or graduate program placement rate at or near 100%.

Incentives as mighty as our workforce

Aiding businesses in investing in Mississippi

In addition to being a right-to-work state and offering a low overall cost of doing business, Mississippi has a wealth of attractive tax and financing incentives designed to assist businesses creating jobs and making capital investments in the state.

Company Cluster Map

Interested in where automotive companies are planting roots in the Magnolia State? Check out our industry cluster map.

Other Key Industries

Mississippi is home to a host of key industries like advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and distribution and logistics.


Ready to see where Mighty Mississippi can take you? Contact the Mississippi Development Authority to learn more.

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