TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Global auto supplier SAS Automotive Systems is launching an operation in Tuscaloosa County to support the production of Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation sport utility vehicles in Alabama, adding 170 jobs to the state’s expanding auto sector.
Germany-based SAS is the world’s leading module assembler, producing nearly 5 million cockpit modules each year on 33 assembly lines at 21 plants across the globe, according to the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA).
“SAS is more than happy to contribute to the great success story of Alabama’s auto production that started right in the very plant where we will be supplying components for Mercedes-Benz’s next generation of SUVs,” SAS Chief Operating Officer Francois Barthel said in an announcement today.
Mercedes, which launched vehicle production in Alabama 20 years ago, is completing a $1.3 billion expansion project announced two years ago to prepare its Tuscaloosa County plant for new SUVs. The automaker is currently setting up assembly line and storage facilities as part of that project.