Charleston, S.C., will soon be receiving an injection of German engineering as Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced plans to open a new plant in the city. Construction is slated to begin in 2016.
At a cost of half a billion dollars, the new plant will manufacture Sprinter vehicles for North America. Expected to take up more than 200 acres, the facility will include a new body shop, paint shop and assembly line. More than 1,300 jobs will be created, making Mercedes-Benz one of the largest industrial employers in the region.
Mercedes-Benz Vans’ decision to set up shop in the United States was a fairly easy one. According to a press release, North America has a thriving van market. Vans manufactured in Germany face high U.S. import duties. Additionally, vehicles must be disassembled before being shipped over. A plant in the U.S. eliminates both of these cost burdens.
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