Nissan Motor Co. said seven auto parts makers, including Visteon Corp. and Johnson Controls Inc., will build eight factories in Mississippi to supply the automaker's new truck plant.
Visteon, Calsonic Kansei Corp., and T&WA will build factories next to Nissan's $930 million plant in Canton, Miss., Nissan said. The eight factories to be built by all the suppliers will add at least $140 million in investment and create about 1,000 jobs, Nissan said.
Terms of individual contracts weren't disclosed.
Nissan plans to build vehicles with larger pre-assembled parts from suppliers at its plant starting in mid-2003.
The Mississippi plant will have about 3,300 workers and build full-sized pickups, sport-utilities and minivans.
The Nissan plant will 'place a major emphasis on having suppliers assemble and deliver modules and components in the same sequence as the vehicles produced on our production lines,' said Emil Hassan, Nissan senior vice president of North American manufacturing, purchasing, quality and logistics.
The other suppliers named are Mi-Tech Steel; Systems Electro-Coating LLC, a joint venture of PPG Industries Inc. and Systems Consultants Associates Inc.; and Tower Automotive Inc. The Visteon plant will be a joint venture with Lextron Corp.
Construction on the supplier plants will start in this year's third and fourth quarters, Nissan said.
Calsonic Kansei, based in Tokyo, will build two factories, one next to the Nissan plant and the other in Vicksburg, Miss. Calsonic will make front-end systems including the bumper, headlights, support beams and radiator, as well as exhaust systems, catalytic converters and plumbing for the air-conditioning system.
Visteon and Lextron will make front-end systems including the bumper, support beams and radiator, as well as systems that combine instrument panels, steering columns and other parts. Their joint venture is Lextron/Visteon Automotive Systems LLC.
Johnson Controls will make seats at a factory in the Canton Industrial Center, about two miles from the Nissan plant. Tower Automotive will provide vehicle frames from a factory in the same center.
Systems Electro-Coating will coat sheet-metal parts with an anti-corrosion primer at a plant in the Canton Industrial Center. PPG also will supply vehicle and bumper coatings.
Mi-Tech's plant, also in the Canton center, will process coiled steel. T&WA's factory will supply tire and wheel assemblies.
Mi-Tech is a joint venture between Steel Technologies Inc. and a unit of Japan's Mitsui & Co. T&WA takes tire and wheel components from other suppliers to assemble, balance and deliver to automakers.