CANTON, MS—Nissan’s assembly plant here produced its 5 millionth vehicle on Oct. 6. The milestone represents nearly 20 years of Nissan manufacturing in Mississippi.

The plant’s opening in 2003 brought automotive manufacturing to Mississippi for the first time.

“The Canton team celebrated a major milestone for our plant, demonstrating how far we’ve come since establishing vehicle manufacturing in Mississippi,” says David Sliger, vice president of manufacturing at the assembly plant. “The power of Nissan Canton is rooted in its employees, who will take us to new heights [and] drive the EV revolution for our company.”

The plant has become an institution in Mississippi, creating more than 25,000 jobs statewide, contributing more than $20 million to local nonprofit organizations, and logging 12,000 volunteer hours to build stronger communities. In the U.S., Nissan’s manufacturing footprint spans the country with nearly 15,000 employees, more than 400 suppliers, and 11 parts distribution centers. Collectively, Nissan has produced more than 19 million vehicles and 13 million engines in the U.S.