Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
|Division of Mercedes-Benz|
|Headquarters||Vance, Alabama, United States|
|Markus Schaefer, President|
Number of employees
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) is a Mercedes-Benz automobile manufacturing plant near Vance, Alabama. It is located about 34 miles (55 km) miles west of Birmingham and about 19 miles (31 km) miles east of downtown Tuscaloosa. The factory was announced in 1993 and produced its first vehicle, a ML320, in February 1997.
From its inception to 1999, the president and CEO of MBUSI was Andreas Renschler. When he was promoted to Head of Global Executive Management Development for DaimlerChrysler, he was succeeded by Bill Taylor. Taylor resigned effective June 2009, and was succeeded by Ola Kaellenius, who was succeeded by Markus Schaefer in July 2010.
The plant is located on 1,000 acres of land donated by the state of Alabama. The land was donated as part of the bid, by Alabama, to win the contract with Mercedes. The plant includes multiple test tracks, on road and off-road.
Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center
Located on the property is the Mercedez-Benz Visitor Center which includes a museum showcasing cars throughout Mercedes-Benz history. Cars within this collection are rotated out as needed. As of November 2014 there is a Formula One car originally driven by Michael Schumacher located inside. Guests can reserve ahead for plant tours. Admission is free.
- Mercedes-Benz M-Class
- Mercedes-Benz R-Class (until summer 2015)
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205, since 2014)
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