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REHAU opens Alabama technical center to serve automotive industry

Mercedes-Benz

CULLMAN, Alabama – European auto parts maker REHAU formally opened its first North American technical center at the company's manufacturing facility in Cullman, creating a U.S. site to handle research and development functions that had been conducted primarily in Germany. REHAU said the ultra-modern technical...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes supplier SMP to open $150 million Alabama facility, creating 650 jobs

Mercedes-Benz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz supplier Samvardhana Motherson Group plans to open a $150 million manufacturing facility in Tuscaloosa County, creating 650 jobs by the fourth year of operation, officials announced today. The new venture, called SMP Automotive Systems Alabama Inc., will manufacture various exterior...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Kamtek to invest $530 million in Alabama expansion, creating 350 jobs

Mercedes-Benz

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Auto supplier Kamtek announced plans today to invest $530 million in an expansion of its Alabama operation that includes opening a new aluminum casting facility to meet automaker demands for lighter parts. Kamtek, whose parent company is Canada-based Magna International, says...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Schmidt Automotive USA to open production facility in Alabama

Mercedes-Benz

AUBURN, Alabama -- German manufacturer Schmidt Maschinenbau GmbH announced that it has selected Auburn, Alabama, as the location for its first U.S. manufacturing operation. Starting in 2016, Schmidt USA will produce engine components including balance shafts and gear wheels in Auburn for Mercedes-Benz and...

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Alabama auto industry provides backdrop for regional conference

Mercedes-Benz

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For the Alabama auto industry, the needle has been moving toward rapid growth, with production gains, new and redesigned models, job growth, and additional investment. Consider these facts: More than new 6,600 jobs in Alabama’s auto industry have been announced since...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Sisters among first Mercedes Mechatronics graduating class

Mercedes-Benz

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Sisters Stacey and Stephanie Dougherty are among the first Industrial Mechatronics graduating class at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. (MBUSI), the automaker's Alabama operation. They join their father, Scott Dougherty, a Logistics Group Leader with 17 years at the Alabama plant, as members...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Business Facilities ranks Alabama No. 1 for auto manufacturing, gives high marks

Mercedes-Benz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Business Facilities magazine today ranked Alabama the top state for automotive manufacturing strength, citing accelerated job growth and production gains for Alabama’s auto industry, as well as potential for additional expansion. In its “2014 Rankings Report,” Business Facilities, a publication that...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes-Benz launches C-Class mass production in Alabama

Mercedes-Benz

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz officially launched mass production of the C-Class sedan today at its Alabama production facility, marking the first time the automaker’s U.S. plant has produced a sedan. Meanwhile, media reports from Frankfurt, Germany said the automaker plans to significantly increase output...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Made In Alabama Holiday Gift Guide

Mercedes-Benz

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),

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

Mercedes-Benz

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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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