Mercedes-Benz Opening Sprinter Assembly Plant in South Carolina
Mercedes-Benz announced last week that it will open a Sprinter assembly plant in South Carolina to keep up with the growing demand for the vans in the U.S. The $500 million facility will be dedicated to building the popular large commercial vans.
The plant, to be built in the Charleston, S.C., area sometime in 2016 will create more than 1,300 jobs and help Mercedes-Benz meet growing demand for its vans at a lower cost while also reducing delivery times.
“This plant is key to our future growth in the very dynamic North American van market,” Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said. After Germany, the U.S. is the second-largest market for the Sprinter van.
Since 2001, most U.S.-market Sprinter vans have been produced in kit forms at German plants and then shipped to South Carolina for assembly. Cutting out the extra step would definitely have its benefits, with one of those being the possible addition of the newly revealed midsize Metris van to the assembly line. The U.S.-market Metris, which slots below the Sprinter, will go on sale in October 2015 as a passenger and cargo van.