For years, Mississippi has been home to manufacturers and suppliers to the automotive industry; however, the sector changed dramatically in 2000 when Nissan announced it would open a new manufacturing plant in Canton. Since then, PACCAR has built a $300 million manufacturing plant in Lowndes County, and Toyota has located its tenth U.S. production plant near Tupelo.

In this short time, Mississippi’s automotive sector has made a significant impact on the state. Nissan’s Canton facility is a $1.4 billion investment that has produced more than $2 million vehicles and is undergoing an expansion. PACCAR, a global leader in the design and manufacture of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, invested $300 million into its Lowndes County facility and now assembles diesel truck engines there. Also, thanks to Toyota’s plant opening in Blue Springs, eight companies have announced plans to open manufacturing facilities to supply the automaker.

Mississippi universities have stepped up support for the state’s growing automotive sector:

  • The Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi in Oxford offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum with an emphasis on lean manufacturing.
  • The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University in Starkville addresses industry needs, while providing an extension facility in Canton near the Nissan plant.
  • The Mississippi Polymer Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi researches and develops new composite materials for the automotive and other high-tech industries.

Find tax incentives available for businesses in the automotive industry here.

Read more about how Mississippi’s research universities support state businesses here.

Learn more about Toyota’s success story in Mississippi here.