Mishawaka, Indiana – AM General, operating as Mercedes-Benz's first and only contract manufacturer in the United States, has rolled its first Mercedes-Benz R-Class off the line at its state-of-the-art commercial vehicle assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Earlier this year, AM General and Mercedes-Benz struck a multi-year agreement to move production of the R-Class luxury vehicle, currently only sold in China, from Mercedes-Benz's Tuscaloosa, Alabama, plant to AM General's 675,000ft2 Commercial Assembly Plant. Over time, the move is expected to create more than 200 jobs at AM General.
The "R-Class Rollout Ceremony" included a walking tour of AM General's Commercial Assembly Plant, a ceremonial rollout of the first production R-Class vehicle off the assembly line, and a variety of prepared remarks from the attending dignitaries.
AM General's Commercial Assembly Plant is a full service manufacturing and support facility that utilizes state-of-the-art robotic welding, painting and assembly techniques coupled with a lean manufacturing culture and highly skilled workforce to meet the requirements of its customers.
Commercial vehicle contract assembly initiatives include work for General Motors and other OEMs. As an OEM, AM General, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mobility Ventures LLC, designs, produces, and supports the new MV-1 - the world's first purpose-built, universally accessible vehicle which is expanding choice in transportation for families, livery, and paratransit fleets.
"The luxury R-Class is a testament to the demand for quality, innovation and performance that we share with our partners at Mercedes-Benz and we thank them for their commitment to our facility and operation here in Indiana. AM General is the global leader in advanced vehicle production and we stand ready to meet the needs of auto companies here in the U.S. and around the world," says Howard Glaser, president, AM General Commercial.
"We take the needs of our Chinese customers seriously and, therefore, continue to produce the R-Class, which is very popular in China. We have found the ideal partner for this project with AM General. As a production specialist, AM General reliably fulfils the high requirements in terms of processes and especially quality, which globally apply to the production of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars," says Jason Hoff, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International.
Source: AM General