Nissan To Retool Mississippi Plant

Automaker soon will begin a $118 million expansion and retooling of its plant in Canton, Miss., to prepare for the production of a light commercial vehicle.

CANTON, Miss. (AP) -- Nissan soon will begin a $118 million expansion and retooling of its plant in Canton, Miss., to prepare for the production of a light commercial vehicle.

Nissan is expected to unveil its new light commercial vehicle in two months at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Nissan Motor Co. will cut production of its slow-selling Titan pickup in the middle of 2010, a couple of months after workers launch the first LCV. It has an agreement with Chrysler to sell Nissan-styled and badged versions of the Dodge Ram pickup.

Officials say the renovations in Canton will include wider aisles, lengthened chassis carriages and a belt-loosening in the paint plant. At least one new building will be added.

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