Some of Alabama's first C-Class sedans roll off the line in Vance. The cars will be available for purchase in the fall. Source: Terri Brewer
Mercedes team members dance to "Happy" as the first Alabama C-Class rolls out. Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -
The Mercedes plant in Vance can officially add the C-Class sedan to its lineup of vehicles manufactured in Alabama.
The first customer-ready C-Class rolled out Tuesday morning during a program celebrating the start of C-Class production.
Vance is one of just four places in the world manufacturing the C-Class. The Alabama plant will supply C-Class sedans sold in the United States and Canada.
Governor Robert Bentley spoke at the celebration. He said Mercedes has had a tremendous economic impact on Alabama and has strengthened Alabama's reputation as a place for industry.
The governor says wherever he travels, people are aware of Mercedes' relationship with Alabama.
"They always talk about the fact that Mercedes came to Alabama, took a chance on Alabama, learned that we have the best work force of any state in the country, learned that we have the best work force training, and that helps me recruit jobs from all over the world," Bentley said after the C-Class celebration.
C-Class Group Leader David Reeves said a group of Mercedes Team Members from Alabama traveled to Germany to learn to produce the vehicle, then trained other employees back in Alabama.
Mercedes estimates it has made a $2 billion investment to be able to manufacture the C-Class in Vance. Mercedes says the C-Class manufactured in Alabama should be available for purchase in the fall.