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Mercedes-Benz Vans breaks ground on $500M automotive campus in North Charleston

Mercedes-Benz Vans breaks ground on $500M automotive campus in North Charleston

Liz Segrist By Liz Segrist  @lizsegrist lsegrist@scbiznews.com
JUL 28, 2016

“We are going to write automotive history today in North Charleston,” Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, told hundreds of politicians, business leaders and employees Wednesday at the groundbreaking for the automaker’s new campus in Ladson.

Fueled by rising van sales in the U.S. market — around 28,000 units sold last year to U.S. customers, up 11% from 2014 — the company announced plans last year to invest $500 million into building an automotive manufacturing campus at the existing Mercedes-Benz plant.

Mercedes-Benz Vans officials said they wanted to shift the company’s existing Lowcountry presence from a van reassembly site to a full-scale production facility.

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