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Alabama auto industry’s rapid growth fueled by billions in new investment

 For Alabama’s economic future, the pivotal moment came on Sept. 30, 1993, when executives of Mercedes-Benz arrived in Tuscaloosa with an announcement that shocked the global business community.

In the months leading to that day, a Mercedes team had explored potential sites in at least 30 states as a home for the automaker’s first U.S. manufacturing facility. They came to Alabama that day to announce their decision.

For many, the news was a lightning bolt out of the blue. After all, Alabama had never produced an automobile and barely had any presence in the industry.

But Mercedes found what it wanted in a rolling 900-acre site, lined with pine trees, just outside of Tuscaloosa.

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