Nissan Celebrates Milestone in Mississippi

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It wasn’t that long ago that close to home, Nissan Motor Company brought auto manufacturing to Canton, creating new jobs for thousands of residents. Only ten years ago in fact. To celebrate the decade of successful business, the company and its employees celebrated with a huge festival for the community at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson this past weekend. The Grammy-award winning band Kool & the Gang even performed at the festival and the day ended in fireworks.

Camille Young, the Nissan community relations manager for Canton shared, “Our employees are the heart and soul of our operation in Canton. We are also deeply grateful to the broader community that has embraced and supported us during our first decade in Mississippi, and we wanted 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.”

Nissan Canton has produced over 2 million vehicles since 2003, and has an annual payroll of more than $200 million. At James Ceranti, we are proud to live so close to such a great plant.

Keep up the great work, Nissan Canton!

Sidewalk Safety- Be Aware!

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Late spring and early summer automatically brings everyone out of their houses since most people have been going stir crazy during the winter. With that, you’ll see more people on the streets walking, running and bicycling. Many people enjoy a leisurely stroll after work with their pets and family. Which means it’s your job to keep an eye out for these extra pedestrians!

Make sure to drive slowly through neighborhoods and be cautious heading around corners. It’s best to always assume the pedestrian will make an unexpected move and end up right in front of you. With so many people owning smartphones and mp3 players, several of them could have headphones in and not hear or see you, especially if they have their back to you. Remember, stay on the defensive.

For those of you out for a jog or walk later in the evening, remember to wear reflective gear and always use your bike signals when turning. It’s a great way to teach your kids safety by teaching them these signals early, and by encouraging safe practices such as looking both ways before crossing the street.

If you are looking for a place in town to walk to, we would love to have you stop in and walk our lot!

More Drivers Dying Than Ever Before

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We don’t care if we come across sounding like your mother, please be careful out there on the road! It’s been reported that more US drivers are dying in accidents than ever before. Fatalities jumped by over 5% last year, totaling to over 34,000 deaths. It’s the first time in seven years the number has increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the increase could be due to the face that Americans are also driving more than ever before. Modern vehicles have been offering better fuel efficiency, so drivers can cover greater distances for the same money.

Motorcycle fatalities account for almost 15% of all traffic deaths, with 5,000 riders dying last year alone. If you drive a motorcycle, please make sure to drive with caution and always wear the correct protective gear, including a helmet. No one cares how bad your helmet hair looks; the alternative will look a lot worse!

“A comprehensive strategy is needed to keep motorcyclists safe,” said Barbara Harsha, executive director of the GHSA. “Most crucial in this strategy are universal helmet laws, which 31 states currently lack.”

NHTSA is looking to change some safety laws, and is looking for public input on those changes. To check out the proposed changes, follow this link.

Nissan GT-R Races a Fighter Jet

Speed can be fun in any language. Combine the thrill of doing something bad, the heightened senses from an adrenaline rush and the overwhelming feeling of freedom and you’ve got yourself one awesome adventure cocktail.  Nissan’s German arm recently pitted a GT-R up against an ex-Swiss Air Force fighter jet, called the Hawker Hunter. While the idea of a car vs. plane knockdown, drag-out fight is nothing new, this may be the first time a GT-R has been involved in one.

We know you won’t be disappointed by this action, which shows the two high-speed machines racing along the two-kilometer runway. We don’t want to ruin the suspense, so scroll down for the latest match-up of sports car versus fighter jet.