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Mercedes-Benz groundbreaking highlights Lowcountry’s fast-growing auto sector

Mercedes-Benz groundbreaking highlights Lowcountry’s fast-growing auto sector

Thad Moore
Thad Moore  Email  @thadmoore
Jul 31 2016 7:00 am

As Mercedes-Benz prepared to break ground on its new factory in North Charleston last week, company executives and politicians pointed again and again to the back of the room, to the workers already assembling vans here.

Since 2006, the German automaker has built cargo vans in Dusseldorf, disassembled a few systems and sent them here in parts to avoid costly tariffs. A group of about 200 workers puts them back together, spending a few hours to get each vehicle ready to drive.

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