South Carolina has roped in yet another high-profile, foreign automaker! Mercedes-Benz is set to add a manufacturing location for its Sprinter commercial van in North Charleston.
Foreign automakers such as Honda, Hyundai/Kia, Nissan and Toyota have already established manufacturing footprints in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The addition of Mercedes-Benz brings another manufacturing location to a growing list of sites attracted to the American South’s absence of unions and lower labor costs.
“The region has very highly skilled workers, a dense network of reliable suppliers and an outstanding logistics infrastructure that includes good transport connections to the nearby harbor,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The luxury automaker will break ground next year on a $500 million, 200-acre complex that will reportedly employ 1,300 people. The new factory will include a body shop, paint shop and full assembly line to make the vans in the U.S.
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