Up to 700 workers will possibly be affected by workforce cut at Canton Nissan

Up to 700 workers will possibly be affected by workforce cut at Canton Nissan
Nissan's Canton, Miss., vehicle assembly plant, photographed, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Officials announced that the plant is going to build the next-generation Nissan Frontier. The plant currently manufactures six models of trucks and SUVs. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

CANTON, MS (WLBT) - Up to 700 workers will possibly be affected by a workforce cut at the Nissan plant in Canton.

The plant’s truck line will move from a three-shift to a two-shift operating pattern. The plant’s van line will move from a two-shift to a one-shift operating pattern. Shifts that are going to be eliminated are the shift that produces the NV van line and a shift that produces the Titan and Frontier trucks.

According to a statement released by the Canton Production Adjustment, Nissan is adjusting production capacity at its Canton manufacturing facility to match market demand and maintain healthy inventory levels.

The statement added that while affected Nissan employees will be redeployed to other areas of the plant, they anticipate that there will be some associates who will remain unassigned.

As part of the adjustment, Nissan will offer certain employees, age 55 and older, voluntary separation packages.

The earliest release date for unassigned associates will be March 18. The associates will be offered employment for at least another 60 days following.

They will be moved to other parts of the plant until March 18th.

Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant will continue to produce the Nissan Altima, Murano, Frontier, TITAN and TITAN XD, NV Cargo and NV Passenger vans.

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