Nissan to lay off 700 contract workers in Mississippi


JACKSON, Miss. — Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it’s cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there.

Nissan has about 6,500 direct employees and contract workers in Canton, Mississippi.

The decision comes as the Japanses company struggles with the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghsn in November.

Nissan said it was cutting production shifts of their Vans to one from two, and rontier and Titan pickup trucks to two shifts from three.

Nissan is adjusting their production capacity at its Canton manufacturing facility to match market demand and maintain healthy inventory levels, the comonay sttaed.

The company also announced last month announced plans to lay off about 1,000 workers at two factories in Mexico.