Within the ever-growing automotive clusters of Mississippi, the Southeastern US, and TVA Valley, Attala County and its greater region present a plethora of assets, advantages, and opportunities. Both the established track records and recent wave of substantial investment signify a region that facilitates success for prospective auto suppliers.

MSU: Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems

Mississippi State University oversees the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) with facilities in neighboring Canton, MS and Starkville, MS. CAVS conducts R&D activities for vehicular engineering, manufacturing, and design technologies.

Ole Miss: Center for Manufacturing Excellence

Home to the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, which houses research facilities with advisors from Toyota in Blue Springs, MS.

USM: Polymer & High Performance Materials Institute

Southern Miss is home to the Polymer and High Performance Materials Institute, which is recognized as a national leader in the study of composites, advanced materials, polymers, and plastics.

MDA: Target Industry Overview

Via Mississippi Development Authority:

With its well-developed infrastructure, central geographical location and strong business climate, Mississippi is the ideal location for today’s automotive companies. The state’s proven track record in the automotive industry continues to expand and thrive with both OEM and supplier growth.

Located halfway between Laredo, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan, key supply locations can be reached within a day’s drive from Mississippi. The state’s transportation network, including its divided 4-lane highway system, was ranked the 8th best in the nation in 2014. Timeliness of delivery and a reputable highway system are among the many benefits Mississippi’s automotive companies enjoy.

Mississippi’s low cost of doing business is also among the state’s competitive advantages. With the 7th lowest union membership rate in the nation, a top 5 ranking for speed of permitting and a top 10 ranking for competitive utility rates, Mississippi is a prime location for business investment.

Find out why world-class companies like Nissan, Toyota, PACCAR and Yokohama choose to call Mississippi home.

Hunter Engineering: Durant, MS

Hunter Engineering Company has operated just over the Attala County line in Durant, MS for over 40 years. During that time, with roughly 40% of its workforce based in Kosciusko and Attala County, the firm has been a leader in the field. Specializes in producing industry-leading wheel alignment and wheel balancing systems, tire changers, lift racks, brake lathes, inspection lanes and more. State-of-the-art robotic systems are utilized for the most highly repetitive and routine fabrications.

Nissan: Canton, MS

Nissan vehicle assembly plant in neighboring Canton, MS employs 6,000+ people and produces 450,000+ vehicles per year.

Toyota: Blue Springs, MS

Toyota vehicle assembly plant in Blue Springs, MS employs 2,000+ people and produces 150,000 Toyota Corollas per year.

PACCAR: Columbus, MS

PACCAR’s Engine manufacturing and technology facility in Columbus, MS. Provides engines for Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks.

Yokohama: West Point, MS

Yokohama’s $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point, MS opened in October 2015. Employment expected to reach 500.