Investments by Mercedes-Benz U.S. International operations are taking shape in Woodstock.
The company’s Global Service Parts Warehouse is nearing completion and will be the new home housing all vehicle service parts, said MBUSI spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald.
“We are combining several warehouses currently scattered in the area for that building,” Jerald said. “Essentially, whenever any dealership or service center needs a part to repair a Mercedes-Benz vehicle that we have ever built at MBUSI, the part will come from this building.”
The new CKD — “completely knocked down” — operations are already up and running in the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park in Woodstock. A similar facility has operated since 1966 at the Mercedes-Benz truck plant in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, and sends high-quality individual truck components produced at this site to the company’s international assembly plants.
And the battery plant that will manufacture the batteries for the fully electric line of Mercedes-Benz vehicles expected to be available in the next decade is nearing construction.
Announced last year with a ceremonial groundbreaking attended by Gov. Kay Ivey, this battery production plant is part of an overall $1 billion expansion of its current facilities that the company announced in September 2017.
That’s when MBUSI said it would be expanding its plant in neighboring Bibb County, which included $250 million to build a new Global Logistics Center and an after-sales North American hub.
The new battery facility near the Tuscaloosa plant is part of a global production network of eight factories and the only one in the United States.
This network of battery factories will allow Mercedes-Benz to offer at least one electrified vehicle in each model series by 2022, including the production of an all-electric SUV.
Along with the new Consolidation Center, the battery facility will be built alongside the Global Logistics Center about 7 miles from the Mercedes-Benz vehicle production site off Interstate 20/59.
The Consolidation Center will consist of three major areas, including the body parts preparation area, the assembly parts preparation area and the empties storage. It is expected to create more than 600 additional jobs in Alabama.
Since 1995, Mercedes-Benz has invested more than $6 billion in the Tuscaloosa plant that now employs at least 3,700 workers.
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