Mississippi gains 500 manufacturing jobs at Nissan plant

Nissan Motor Company announced plans to build a new car model, the Murano, at its plant in Canton, Mississippi, and has begun hiring to fill 500 new positions. According to The Associated Press, the new hires will push employment at the facility over 6,000 positions for the first time.

"The addition of Murano to our portfolio, coupled with the continued growth and success of the Canton plant, will move us even closer to our goal to build more than 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. right here in North America," Nissan's North America manufacturing senior vice president, John Martin, said.

Mississippi's plant will be the only factory in the world to produce the new vehicle. It was originally slated to be built in Kyushu, Japan, but Nissan moved production to the U.S. to avoid unfavorable exchange rates and improve customer service.

A report from Manufacturing News Inc. showed that manufacturing jobs have been steadily moving back to Mississippi for the last year. Employment in the sector, which now has over 170,000 jobs, grew by 1 percent from 2013 to 2014.