Mercedes Joins Moving Parade with Relocation to Atlanta

Proximity to Alabama plant, Georgia ports incentives facilitate move.

by on Jan.07, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA is departing its headquarters in Montvale, New Jersey, for new digs in Atlanta, Georgia.

The movement of automakers from long-standing homes in the U.S. to new locations continued as Mercedes-Benz USA announced it plans to move its headquarters from Montvale, New Jersey, to Atlanta, Georgia.

The move could mean relocating as many as 1,000 employees. It will begin in July with a phased effort into temporary offices until the company’s new $93 million headquarters is complete in 2017.

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“New Jersey has been a wonderful home to our U.S. operations for our first 50 years, and still is today,” said MBUSA President and CEO Stephen Cannon. “The state has worked tirelessly with us as we evaluated our options.“Ultimately, though, it became apparent that to achieve the sustained, profitable growth and efficiencies we require for the decades ahead, our headquarters would have to be located elsewhere. That brought us to Atlanta.”

With the relocation, Mercedes joins Toyota and Cadillac as companies electing to move to a new locale: Toyota from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas, and Cadillac from Detroit to swanky digs in Manhattan.

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However, there has been a longer term trend during the last decade: Nissan moved from California to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2011 and Volkswagen moved to Herndon, Virginia, from metro Detroit in 2007.

The speculation about a possible move for Mercedes began in recent weeks when a list of possible new locations, including the final choice of Atlanta, became apparent. Other potential homes for there German automaker’s U.S. operations included: Savannah, Georgia, or Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The move makes sense on several fronts, including proximity to the automaker’s plant in Alabama.

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“Atlanta is a premier city which places us closer to our ever-growing Southeast customer base, our port in Brunswick, Georgia, and to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, our Alabama manufacturing facility, which accounts for half of the vehicles we sell here in the U.S. For our employees, Atlanta offers a strong quality of life, terrific schools and wonderful cultural and recreational opportunities.”

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One Response to “Mercedes Joins Moving Parade with Relocation to Atlanta”

  1. Jorge says:

    In addition to all of the incentives that tax payers pay for…auto companies are able to pay unreasonably low wages in the Southern parts of the U.S. – which is their primary reason for relocating there. Workers in the South typically get $15/hr. for a job that any where else in the U.S. pays $30/hr. The plan is to keep those in the South poor to benefit big business.

    While $15/hr. may be better than $8/hr. working at another job in the South, it’s still under payment for the task being performed. Keeping the standard of living low in the South only benefits the employers, not society.

    With the BILLIONS in profit that the auto makers reap, they need to raise the standard of living in the South to that of other areas of the U.S. so that these people have a proper standard of living for which they are working.

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