Mercedes Adds Hundreds of Permanent Production Team Members to Alabama by Year End

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Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) plans to launch an accelerated campaign to hire several hundred permanent production team members before the end of 2021 to enable its manufacturing plant in Alabama to meet growing demand from its customers. vehicles and prepare for new stages.

MBUSI’s wave of hiring aligns with the automaker’s strategic growth plans for its Alabama operation, which will begin producing two electric vehicles – the EQS and EQE sport utility vehicles – in 2022. MBUSI opens assembly plant of EV batteries at a second Alabama campus in Bibb County.

MBUSI’s campaign goal is to attract candidates for permanent jobs in the production team by the end of the year. MBUSI seeks to reach workers with production experience, particularly those in the automotive industry, and less experienced workers who have completed manufacturing training programs.

Team members hired through the program will be immediately eligible for all MBUSI benefits programs and a starting hourly pay rate of $20, increasing to $25 plus one hour after regular pay increases over four years, plus shift premium.

“MBUSI’s commitment to being the best luxury automaker in North America is most evident in our workforce,” said Michael Göbel, President and CEO of MBUSI. “As our production continues to accelerate and scale, we are expanding the team we have built with additional local support.”

Steven King, a member of the assembly production team who has been with MBUSI for 20 years, said the openings at the Tuscaloosa County Manufacturing Plant and the Bibb County Battery Plant represent an opportunity. choice for job seekers.

“If you want to quit a job and start a career, this is the place to be,” King said. “I like the family atmosphere here. We get along well as a team. Everyone is accessible, including the highest levels of management. These guys come out onto the production set and talk with the crew members, just like we talk to each other.

MBUSI’s wave of hiring aligns with the automaker’s strategic growth plans for its Alabama operation, which will begin producing two electric vehicles – the EQS and EQE sport utility vehicles – in 2022. (Mercedes-Benz)

Immediate openings

AIDT, the state’s main workforce development agency that is part of the Alabama Department of Commerce, is helping MBUSI hire. Interested candidates can apply here.

MBUSI said jobs are available in assembly, body and paint shops and in the battery factory, where workers will assemble high-voltage electrical systems.

To qualify for the positions, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, one to three years of manufacturing or industry experience, and be able to perform the essential functions of the jobs.

“This is an opportunity to get on the ground floor of all the exciting new technologies in the transition of global automakers as they transition from combustion engines to electric,” said Ed Castile, director of the AIDT and deputy secretary of Alabama. Commerce Department. “This historic transition is taking place right here in Alabama, and Mercedes is at the very center of this work.

“Today, Mercedes offers the opportunity to be hired directly from the factory and into a fascinating career in the automotive world,” Castile said. “At Commerce and AIDT, we are proud of the work Mercedes is doing in our state, and being at the forefront of this historic transformation as partners is nothing short of awesome.”

Mercedes-Benz US International, which began building vehicles at the Tuscaloosa County plant in 1997, has 4,400 permanent MBUSI employees. (Mercedes-Benz)

‘Sky is the limit’

Doug Knox, who worked for a hospital in Tuscaloosa before joining MBUSI 23 years ago, said the salary and benefits he earned at the Mercedes factory brought major benefits to his family.

“It helped me enroll my children in university. They all finished college. My wife and I can see the light now. It has been good for my family,” he said.

New team members immediately qualify for the MBUSI benefits package, which includes:

  • Health and life insurance.
  • Defined contribution pension plan with a 401(k) match.
  • Annual bonus.
  • Paid holidays, emergency holidays and vacation days, as well as a paid winter closure.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • On-site child care, medical center and fitness center.

Tamika Lee, who joined MBUSI 16 years ago after working in a sporting goods store, said new team members can expect an energetic work environment with a strong focus on quality output.

“For me, the best thing about working at MBUSI is the passion for the product, the passion for the brand. It says it all – Mercedes. We have a great passion for the job. Knowing that I am part of this brand of quality makes me feel good,” she said.

Body shop production team member Janette Nelson and assembly team member King said comprehensive and ongoing training programs ensure MBUSI employees can meet job requirements. a high-tech workplace.

“Some of the new team members are a little nervous, and they all basically have the same thing to say: ‘I’ve never built a car before.’ I’ll tell them neither did I when I came here,” King said. “I had never seen this process and look at me now, 20 years later. We will teach you everything you need to know.

Christina Long, a member of the paint shop team who is working to earn an engineering degree from Auburn University on tuition reimbursement from MBUSI, said a working spirit of team makes the automaker’s factory a welcoming place to work.

“The main thing I love about this place is the diversity and inclusion. The fact that we come together with our own ideas – it just sets us apart,” said Long, who hopes to use his engineering skills to help program new robots deployed in the paint shop “With all of our ideas coming together, nothing is impossible, and the sky is the limit.”

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The Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama will start manufacturing electric vehicles next year. (contributed)

Massive investment

MBUSI, which began building vehicles at the Tuscaloosa County plant in 1997, has 4,400 permanent MBUSI employees.

Since 1995, Mercedes-Benz has invested more than $6 billion in the Alabama plant and expanded its involvement in the Tuscaloosa area with an additional $1 billion in 2018. the implementation of the electric offensive.

In 2020, more than 210,000 vehicles rolled off the production line, split between the GLS and GLE sport utility vehicles, the GLE Coupé and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUV.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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