Hiring to push Miss. Nissan employment over 6,000

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.

The hiring will push the combined number of Nissan and contract employees at its Canton plant to more than 6,000 for the first time.

Kelly Services will hire the workers. Nissan spokesman Justin Saia says new workers will have the opportunity to become higher-paid Nissan employees after two years.

In a Thursday statement, the company says it needs workers to begin production of the Murano crossover vehicle in the fall. Canton will be Nissan's only worldwide assembly location for the Murano. When Nissan announced the Murano move in early 2013, it said it would hire 400 workers.

Nissan says it has invested $2.6 billion in Canton.

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