Groundbreaking marks construction start for Mercedes van plant in S.C.

(July 28, 2016) NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mercedes-Benz Vans held a groundbreaking of its new Sprinter plant for the North American market. With this new full-scale plant, Mercedes-Benz Vans will offer faster and more individualized supply to its customers. The new plant is an expansion of the existing van assembly site.

It represents an investment of around $500 million. Mercedes-Benz Vans will create up to 1,300 new jobs. It is estimated that suppliers will create approximately 400 new jobs in and around North Charleston.

First the body shop of the new plant will be constructed, followed by the paint shop and the assembly lines later this year. Production of the next-generation Sprinter is planned to begin before the end of the decade.