Miss. (July 17, 2017) – Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from global automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei announced the company’s expansion in Madison,
Miss. The $16.33 million corporate investment creates 98 new jobs.
“Mississippi’s outstanding reputation in the automotive industry is known worldwide. Calsonic Kansei’s addition of so many new jobs in Madison once again
puts our state on the global stage. The expansion proves we have the workforce and business climate to ensure industry leaders like Calsonic enjoy
years of success in Mississippi,” Gov. Bryant said.
Calsonic Kansei is a supplier to Nissan’s Canton, Miss., automotive assembly plant. The company employs more than 500 at the Nissan location, with 42 employees
relocating from the Nissan Supplier Park to the new facility. With limited space on the Canton campus, Calsonic is leasing and upfitting a former warehouse
in the Madison County Economic Development Authority’s Central Mississippi Industrial Center in Gluckstadt to accommodate the company’s growth.
“We are very excited about the new Calsonic Kansei North America Canton facility,” said Calsonic Kansei North America Vice President Nancy Rice. “Manufacturing
began in May and we have plans to increase the volume shipping from this site over the next year. This location becomes the 79th manufacturing plant
in all of CK. The America’s Region is the single largest contributor to Global CK and we are excited to be able to enlarge our manufacturing footprint
in the U.S. This new plant is key to achieving our Mid Term Business plan. Investing in this facility allows us to increase capacity and utilization.
We extend our utmost gratitude to the State of Mississippi and the entire team who worked so diligently to complete this project. We are proud our
company is able to offer new employment opportunities to the people in Madison County. Calsonic Kansei greatly values our team members and we will
continue to strive for excellence in maintaining a strong workforce in the Magnolia State.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for building and infrastructure improvements. Madison County Economic Development Authority and Entergy provided assistance for building, infrastructure
and public improvements with the project.
“Calsonic’s $16 million investment and creation of 98 new careers for the people of Madison County demonstrates the company’s commitment to achieving its
goals in our state proving growth in Mississippi’s automotive industry shows no signs of slowing down,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough,
Jr. “We salute the teamwork of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, the Madison County Economic Development Authority, Entergy and the Greater
Jackson Alliance, which played an important role in Calsonic’s expansion.”
“We are delighted about Calsonic Kansei’s investment in Madison County and their confidence in our local workforce,” said Madison County Economic Development
Authority Interim Director Ken Oilschlager. “Calsonic is a wonderful corporate citizen, and we are excited about our continued business relationship
with their local and corporate team. We are truly happy to be part of the team!”
The new facility is already operating with Phase 2, expected to be completed in 2018.
About Calsonic Kansei: Calsonic Kansei is a global automotive supply company, manufacturing a broad range of product groups that includes
cockpit modules, interior products, electronic products, heat exchange products, climate control systems and compressors. Calsonic operates in 15 countries
and supplies 18 automotive manufacturers, including Nissan, Honda, General Motors and Volkswagen. Operating since 1938, the company has a global workforce
of nearly 22,000.