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The creative and inventive men and women of Alabama design and assemble all sorts of things that get sent as near as surrounding states and as far as Germany and Japan. But while we’ve heard plenty about the state’s planes, trains, and automobiles (literally),

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Daimler executive: Alabama plant is ‘proud story of success for Mercedes-Benz’

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Economic development leaders, auto industry figures, corporate business executives and elected officials gathered in Tuscaloosa tonight, not to cheer on the national championship Crimson Tide team but to celebrate Alabama’s other claim to fame – Mercedes-Benz's Alabama automotive assembly plant, which last...

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AIDT, Mercedes-Benz partnership going strong after two decades in Alabama

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – When the first production jobs at Mercedes-Benz’s new Alabama plant were advertised, an avalanche of applications followed – 63,000 to be precise. In stepped AIDT, the state’s workforce training agency, and a partnership was born. AIDT has been with Mercedes on...

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Industry reporter talks Mercedes impact, future of Alabama auto sector

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- For the past six years, Dawn Kent Azok, a reporter for the Alabama Media Group, has covered the twists and turns of the Alabama auto sector. Reporting on scores of events and interviewing people both in the drivers' seat and the executive...

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Alabama Mercedes worker: ‘This job has changed me as a person.’

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Tanya Cabiness was 22 when she stepped into the Mercedes-Benz plant back on July 7, 1997, not long after the first M-Class sport utility vehicle made in Alabama rolled off the factory’s assembly line. Cabiness had been to college and previously...

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Mercedes accelerating Alabama operation with two new models, workforce expansion

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – For Mercedes-Benz in Alabama, it all began with the M-Class, a groundbreaking automobile that’s credited with creating the premium SUV segment. Then the automaker added the GL-Class sport utility and the R-Class crossover to an Alabama line-up now being produced in...

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Alabama auto family: A look at the models produced in the state

Mercedes-Benz

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- In a generation, Alabama’s auto industry has gone from a production tally of zero to a total of nearly 7 million. Talk about some speedy growth. The first dealer-ready vehicle made in Alabama – a white Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility –

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Mercedes decision lifted Alabama international business profile

Mercedes-Benz

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – When automaker Mercedes-Benz announced in 1993 that it had picked a 966-acre tract of land near Vance, Ala. – population 300 – to house its first assembly facility outside of Germany, the news instantly raised Alabama’s profile in the international business...

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Mercedes-Benz set foundation for Alabama auto industry growth

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz is still casting a glow over Alabama 20 years after the global automotive giant picked the state for its first U.S. passenger car factory. Mercedes’ decision, announced in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 30, 1993, represents the moment...

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Alabama used teamwork, training and trust to win landmark Mercedes-Benz plant

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama’s pursuit of Mercedes-Benz’s first U.S. auto plant featured code names, clandestine meetings and plenty of behind-the-scenes drama, but it was teamwork, training and trust that landed the groundbreaking project, according to leaders who were involved in the recruitment. Next week,

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