IMS in the News
JACKSON, Miss. — The ripple effects continue to multiply from the US$950 million investment that Nissan (www.nissandriven.com) dropped into Mississippi’s economy late last year.
Nissan North America has announced a second wave of production suppliers to serve the 3,500-employee plant that it’s building in Canton, Miss. Together, the new operations represent an investment of more than $110 million and will create approximately 1,000 new jobs, Nissan officials reported.
The 2 million-sq.-ft. (180,000-sq.-m.) Nissan plant that is now under construction (pictured above in early November) is scheduled to begin production in the summer of 2003.
Nissan’s second supplier wave will create six new facilities – four production plants, a supplier logistics center and a transportation service center. The Canton plant’s modular operations dictated that all the new supplier facilities locate near the Madison County site, explained Emil Hassan, Nissan senior vice president of North American manufacturing, purchasing, quality and logistics.
SMYRNA, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2001) – Today Nissan North America, Inc., introduced the two partner companies that will build and operate a new Supplier Logistics Center to support production at Nissan’s vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Miss. Integrated Management Services, PA (IMS) and Autrans Corporation will create a joint venture named IMS Autrans, which will provide logistics services and light subassembly operations to suppliers of Nissan. IMS, a minority owned company based in Jackson, Miss., will be the majority owner of IMS Autrans.
According to Emil Hassan, senior vice president, North American Manufacturing, Purchasing, Quality and Logistics, the Supplier Logistics Center is critical to Nissan’s production strategy: “Our plan is to have suppliers assemble and deliver modules and components in the same sequence as the vehicles produced on our production lines. This center will provide services to support our justintime, insequence production requirements.”
01 Nov / Forever Young
Although Rod Hill and John Calhoun met in the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Mississippi’s Jackson State University in 1990, the two were never your typical frat boys. Instead of going to beer bashes, Hill and Calhoun spent weekends studying engineering design and mathematics.
“Education was my only ticket,” says Hill (above, second from left), who in 1995 became the first member of his immediate family to get a college degree. After graduation, he and Calhoun (above, third from left) decided to start their own civil engineering firm. But there was just one problem: Neither of them had much money, and banks wouldn’t give them loans. So Hill and Calhoun maxed out their credit cards and founded Integrated Management Services (IMS) in 1996, one of only a handful of minorityowned engineering firms in the country, and the first of its kind in Jackson.
The thought: start a successful minority-owned firm. The plan: obtain the proper degree and training. The action: just do it!
This was the key to how John Calhoun, Ph.D., and Rod Hill made entrepreneurial history as the founders of Integrated Management Services (IMS) the first minority-owned engineering firm in Jackson, Mississippi.