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Mercedes Benz plant in Vance rolls out new C-Class sedan

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The first new Mercedes C-Class sedan rolled off the production line making the Alabama facility one of only four C-Class plants in the world. The first new Mercedes C-Class sedan rolled off the production line making the Alabama facility one of only four C-Class plants in the world.
VANCE, AL - Today marked the beginning of a new chapter for Alabama’s Mercedes Benz plant in Vance as the first new Mercedes C-Class rolled off the production line.

The Vance plant is one of only four C-Class plants in the world. The other plants are located in Germany, South Africa and China.

Workers at the Alabama facility will build the new C-Class for customers in the United States and Canada. As of today, Mercedes Benz has delivered more than 8.5 million C-Class vehicles to customers worldwide.

Mercedes took years to perfect each detail of the new C-Class car. But it spent quite a bit of time working on the logistics of where the car would be produced, as well.

"What you don't see is the two and a half years, up to even five years for some people here that has gone into making this a reality," said Mercedes employee David Reeves.

Back in 2009 the German-based company announced they would produce the car at the Tuscaloosa plant. Then the recession hit, bringing the project to a halt.

"To be able to recover the way we have and to see the growth in the operation in this facility is a testament not only obviously to all the team members here but also tot he support that the state and all the local groups have given us," MBUSI President Jason Hoff said.

The plant added 1,000 jobs to bring production to Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley says the risk Mercedes took decades ago by building the plant in our state has helped in other facets of economic development.

"We appreciate that so much. That helps me recruit industries into Alabama because of what Mercedes did 20 years ago," Gov. Robert Bentley said.

And the company is confident that the more than $2 million invested to make room for the new car will pay off.

These cars will be for sale in the US and Canada in the fall.

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