November 28, 2007

Mercedes-Benz builds its one-millionth vehicle in Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz U.S. International has announced the production of its one-millionth vehicle at its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, ten years and nine months after the first M-Class rolled off the production line in 1997. The milestone vehicle, a white M-Class 350, came off the line on November 27 at 7:59 a.m. CST.

The plant currently builds the M-Class, R-Class and GL-Class.

“Our entire organization is extremely proud of this accomplishment and the global teamwork that has made it happen,” said Bill Taylor, plant manager. “Alabama has provided us with an excellent workforce and this state has been committed to the success of our business. Because of that commitment to our plant, we plan to donate this vehicle to a non-profit within the state.” The company will make a final decision on the recipient in the coming weeks.

During the eight-year life cycle of the first-generation vehicle, more than 570,000 M-Class SUVs were produced in Tuscaloosa, with about half of them sold in the U.S. The plant includes two assembly shops, two paint shops and one body shop; its 4,000 employees produced 173,6000 vehicles in 2006, sold in more than 135 countries. A recent study showed that the plant’s total economic and fiscal impact on Alabama’s economy, along with plant suppliers, is US$6.8 billion.

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