JACKSON, Miss. – Donned with hard hats and tool belts, volunteers from Nissan Canton Assembly Plant and Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area (HFHMCA) have partnered on their 11th home build. Over the course of two months, nearly one hundred Nissan employees made a personal commitment of their time and effort to build a new home for a deserving family.
"The employees of Nissan Canton look forward to the Habitat build each year," said Philip Calhoun, senior director, Manufacturing Operations, Nissan Canton Assembly Plant. "We are afforded the opportunity to take our expertise of building great vehicles to building great homes for local Mississippi families."
This year, Tyran Trotter is the homeowner of the Nissan Habitat build. She is the mother of two children, Daisha and Tyler. After 250 hours of sweat equity, financial training and DIY classes, she has learned how to take care of her future home. Trotter and her children will move in this month.
"The nearly decade-long partnership between HFHMCA and Nissan has provided numerous affordable homes for the working poor," said Merrill McKewen, executive director of HFHMCA. "The work of the Nissan employees has created such a positive impact in our community. We look forward to continuing this partnership and building more homes."
Nissan North America has contributed more than $15 million and more than 97,000 volunteer hours in 13 communities to Habitat for Humanity across the country. The partnership began when Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building efforts following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
To learn more about becoming a HFHMCA donor, volunteer or homeowner, please call 601-353-6060 or visit www.habitatmca.org.
Nissan has grown the Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant from a regional manufacturing facility to a global one, investing $3.4 billion in the facility since its opening in 2003. Nissan employs more than 6,400 at the Canton plant, with more than 1,500 jobs added since 2013. With an annual capacity of 450,000 vehicles, the plant currently builds the Nissan Altima, Murano, TITAN and TITAN XD, Frontier, NV Cargo Van and NV Passenger Van.
This year, the facility is celebrating 15 years of automotive manufacturing in Mississippi. Visit NissanCanton15.com for more.
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Nissan Corporate Communications
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world's largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.
About Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area
Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area is a faith-based organization founded in 1986. We have built or renovated simple and sustainable homes for over 600 families in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties. Habitat homes are sold at no profit with an interest-free mortgage to families who cannot qualify for traditional bank loans. Homeownership combined with Habitat's required financial education allows these families to invest in our community and their future simultaneously.