Just announced today, Mecedes-Benz will relocate its U.S. Headquarters to Atlanta from New Jersey. Atlanta is already home to major corporate headquarters including UPS, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Pulte Homes, Newell-Rubbermaid, Equifax, Genuine (Auto) Parts and recently Porsche North America.
The Atlanta Airport is not only the worlds busiest, but also has the most daily flights to Germany, the luxury car-makers home. It would also be much closer to its expanding Tuscaloosa, AL, assembly plant, which expected to produce 300,000 vehicles yearly by 2016.
The company is expected to spend $100 million constructing its new 250,000 sf headquarters in Sandy Springs/Perimeter Center or Alpharetta. Two of the sites they are considering are the Glenridge Hall parcel and the Cousins’ Abernathy 400 project. The move is expected to affect 800 to 1000 employees and bring job growth to the Atlanta area. The Smart small car and Sprinter van brands will also be based in Atlanta.
“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.,” Mercedes-Benz USA President and CEO Stephen Cannon said in the release. “For our employees, Atlanta offers a strong quality of life, terrific schools and wonderful cultural and recreational opportunities.” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This seems to solidify Atlanta as a hub of U.S. southern auto manufacturing. Nearby are VW Chattanooga, Hitachi Automotive in Monroe (Walton) GA, Nissan & GM Nashville TN, BMW Spartanburg SC, KIA Columbus GA, Hyundai Montgomery, Toyota Huntsville AL and Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa AL.