CANTON — The next generation Nissan Frontier will be built here, company officials announced on Tuesday, while affirming their commitment to manufacturing in Madison County and Mississippi.

“We are proud to be a part of the fabric of this community,” Jose Munoz, chief performance officer for Nissan Motor Company and chairman of Nissan North America, said. “Over the last 14 years we have entrusted Nissan Canton with some of our company’s most important vehicles.”

He said the “efficiency, flexibility and quality” of the employees helped in the company’s decision to produce the new line in Canton.

“I’m proud to announce that your team has been rewarded for that hard work with another win in global competition of products,” he said. “The Nissan Canton team has secured yet another award-winning vehicle that will help ensure the ongoing success of this plant.”

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves applauded the plant workers and thanked Nissan for its commitment to manufacturing in Mississippi.

“I want to congratulate you for earning the opportunity to build the next generation Frontier,” Reeves told workers gathered for the announcement. “The importance of Nissan in Mississippi cannot be understated.”

Canton Mayor Dr. William Truly said the state has become a global leader in manufacturing because of the Nissan Canton team.

“The question is always asked, ‘Are we happy that you’re here?’” he said. “You bet we are.”

He added, “There were so many other Nissan plants who wanted this task but we got it and the other ones didn’t Let us applaud ourselves.”

The Canton plant began building the current Frontier model in 2012 and it was named the J.D. Power and Associates’ Highest Ranked Midsize Pickup in Initial Quality in both 2016 and 2017.

The Frontier is one of six models currently produced in Canton. Other models include the Murano, Titan, Titan XD, NV Cargo and NV Passenger.

The plant has the ability to produce 450,000 cars annually and they have produced over three million vehicles since 2003.