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

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 every step of the automaker’s journey in Alabama over the past 20 years – helping to assemble the initial workforce, training job candidates in the basics, lending a hand when expansions required additional employees.

Today, that relationship is stronger than ever. Currently AIDT is assisting Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI), as the automaker’s Alabama operation is known, in the recruitment and training of 1,400 new hires as the Tuscaloosa plant prepares to add two new vehicles to its production lineup.

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