Kool & The Gang to headline free Nissan 10th anniversary event

May 23, 2013 in Business, Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

CANTON – On Saturday, May 25, Nissan celebrates 10 years of manufacturing vehicles in Canton and invites the community – a major contributor to its success – to come out to the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson and enjoy a special musical performance by Grammy-winning R&B band Kool & the Gang. There will also be circus performers and a children’s area with a variety of activities, and the day will end with an evening fireworks show.

Kool & The Gang will headline Nissan's anniversary event with a free concert on Saturday, May 25. A fireworks show will follow. (Photo from "Get Down On It: The Very Best Of Kool & The Gang" album cover)

“Our employees are the heart and soul of our operation in Canton,” said Camille Young, Nissan’s community relations and communications manager for Canton. “We are also deeply grateful to the broader community that has embraced and supported us during our first decade in Mississippi, and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate with those who contribute to our success—our employees, their family members, our local suppliers, area businesses and our community partners.”

Gates to the stadium will open at 4 p.m. Food and family entertainment will continue until 9 p.m., including Kool & The Gang’s performance at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge for this event or any of the activities. Nissan will provide complimentary tea, water and lemonade. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors inside the facility. Security will be provided for this family-friendly event. Coolers, alcohol and outside food or beverages are not allowed.

Nissan Canton brought the automotive industry to Mississippi in 2003 and has produced more than 2 million vehicles and generated $2 billion in payroll since launching operations. As the largest private sector employer in the region, the facility has an annual payroll of more than $200 million and employs a diverse workforce of more than 5,000 people from throughout the state. Nissan’s presence has also attracted numerous suppliers and manufacturers to the region, creating an opportunity for even more jobs.

At the anniversary kickoff event in January, Nissan announced plans to move assembly of the next-generation Nissan Murano to Canton beginning in 2014. Canton employees currently build the award-winning Altima, Armada full-size SUV, Xterra mid-size SUV, Titan and Frontier pickup trucks, NV commercial and passenger vans, and will begin building the all-new Sentra compact sedan this summer.

Since 2003, along with its generous employees, Nissan has awarded nearly $8 million in grants, academic scholarships and other gifts. Additionally, Nissan employees volunteer many hours annually for community organizations, including working with students in the classroom and as one-on-one mentors.