Bryant Touts Delta as Auto Epicenter

A different kind of Detroit comparison was made in the Mississippi Delta this week.

It’s a comparison to Detroit’s golden age as the center of the U.S auto industry instead of its later decline and recent fiscal insolvency.

“What we’re trying to do is develop a Southern automobile corridor that passes through Mississippi,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday, Sept. 24, as he and executives of Feuer Powertrain announced the German company would build a $140 million crankshaft factory in Tunica County.

Bryant made the announcement on a rainy day inside the Tunica Riverpark building the day after he was in West Point, Miss., to announce Yokohama Tire Corp. will build a $300 million manufacturing plant there to make commercial truck tires.