Mercedes-Benz to invest $2 billion in Alabama plant

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Daimler AG has announced an investment of more than $2 billion for upgrading and expanding operations at its U.S. auto assembly plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The announcement came during the production of the first new 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class at the Tuscaloosa plant.

“A total amount of more than 2 billion US dollars is invested for the production of the new M-Class, the successor generations of the GL-Class and the C-Class, and the expansion of production capacities,” Mercedes-Benz said. The plant will launch C-class production in 2014.

“We’re continuing to write new chapters of the plant’s success story with significant investments into the future,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Tuscaloosa was the first production location of Mercedes-Benz Cars ever outside Germany, and today it is among our best. As our ‘pioneering plant’, it is also the blueprint for our new operations in emerging markets.” In a special address to the entire MBUSI team, Zetsche highlighted their contributions: “A big thank you to the team that helped us get that far – all of you.”

The Tuscaloosa plant opened its doors in February 1997.

– By: Omar Rana