Nissan switches production lines in Canton

Published 6:10 pm Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Nissan North America is switching gears at its Canton plant, cutting a truck-making shift in favor of one to build cars.

The move comes amid rising gas prices and dropping demand for trucks in the U.S. Some of the 450 truck shift workers will begin moving into their new role June 23. The truck shift will end in July and new production should be at full capacity in September.

The Canton plant will have three shifts building Altima sedans and one making pickups, minivans and sport untility vehicles after the change.

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The additional shift will add about 2,000 Altimas a month the 13,500 a month the plant has averaged since January. Production of Canton’s larger vehicles should drop by about 2,000 to 8,000 a month.