"In the next years we invest US$ 1.3-billion into the expansion of our SUV production and turn the Mercedes-Benz plant Tuscaloosa into a high-tech location," said Markus Schafer,
Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. "In this way we can produce the next SUV generations even more flexibly, efficiently and in proven top quality."
Jason Hoff, President & CEO, MBUSI, added, "With this expansion and modernization of our plant, we will create 300 new jobs and continue the success story of Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa. "Our entire team is proud to reinforce the State of Alabama's growing reputation as a leader in high-quality automotive manufacturing."
The new 1.3-million sq ft (125,000 sq m) body shop will use the latest lightweight technologies with innovative joining processes and employ a modular approach to manufacturing. MBUSI's current SUV assembly shop will be expanded by 139,930 sq ft (13,000 sq m) and receive a larger, more flexible 'marriage' station, where the body is merged with the powertrain, allowing for production of a wider range of vehicles. The plant will also upgrade its Logistics IT system to create a seamless integration of the supply base into the Mercedes-Benz plant operations.