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Jul 29, 2016

MERCEDES BENZ VANS * USA: New Sprinter assembly plant

* South Carolina - Mercedes-Benz Vans breaks ground on $500M US Plant

--- Prompted by growing North American demand for its vans, Mercedes-Benz Vans broke ground Wednesday on a new $500 million U.S. assembly plant in South Carolina... The site is next to an existing plant where, for the past decade, the company has put Sprinter vans made in Germany back together after being disassembled and shipped to this country because of the high duties on importing finished vehicles... During the past decade, Mercedes-Benz Vans has been gauging the North American market for its vans and sales have been growing. Last year the company delivered 28,600 vans to customers in the United States, an increase of 11 percent over 2014... The new plant will add more than 1 million square feet to the existing 400,000 square-foot facility. It is expected to employ 1,300 workers and the company says it should mean 400 additional jobs for parts suppliers in the area...
(Photo: Mercedes Benz Sprinter) -- North Charleston, S.C., USA - AP/The NYT - July 27, 2016

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