Mercedes-Benz US International plans a new $70 million logistics hub that it expects will create 600 new jobs from the automaker and its contractors and service providers at its Tuscaloosa County, Alabama campus.
MBUSI employs roughly 3,000 people at its facility that produces the M-Class and GL-Class sport utility vehicles, as well as the R-Class crossover. It will soon produce the automakers C-Class Sedan . A fifth model, a new SUV, will be produced in 2015. The logistics facility jobs estimates are in addition to 1,000 workers that Mercedes is hiring as it prepares to produce the C-Class sedan.
The new MBUSI Logistics Hub will help streamline logistics operations and will support the receiving, handling and sequencing of parts for the vehicles produced at the Vance plant. The logistics facility is expected to be complete later this year.
“With the addition of two new products and ongoing high demand for our current vehicles, our logistics operations are becoming increasingly more complex,” said Markus Schaefer, president and CEO of MBUSI. “Within this building, both MBUSI and its service providers will do much of the preparation and logistical work necessary to keep our production operations moving smoothly.”
“This latest expansion means several things,” Gov. Robert Bentley said. “First, it means more good jobs for the people of Alabama. Also, it means the automotive industry continues to grow in this state. It shows the confidence that companies have in our workforce and in the positive business climate we’ve created in Alabama. This year marks 20 years since Mercedes-Benz first announced it was coming to Tuscaloosa County. Our partnership with Mercedes-Benz is stronger today than ever before.”
“Mercedes continues to demonstrate a dedication to quality and innovation in the assembly of its automobiles,” Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said. “This logistics hub is a clear signal of the Mercedes-Benz commitment to establish stronger links between its assembly teams and the production process itself. The continued growth of Mercedes-Benz is a positive message of confidence in the team of employees in Vance and the best proof of success when products are ‘Made in Alabama.’