Atlanta, Georgia, is home to the Braves baseball team, extra sweet tea, and soon, the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters.
The company announced the move at the current headquarters in Montvale, New Jersey, to its 800+ employees, saying the move is designed to better serve its growing customer base and strengthen the company’s position for long-term, sustainable growth.
In a press release, MBUSA President and CEO Stephen Cannon explained, “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 US International, our Alabama manufacturing facility, which accounts for half of the vehicles we sell here in the US. For our employees, Atlanta offers a strong quality of life, terrific schools and wonderful cultural and recreational opportunities.”
The company didn’t specify how many of its current employees will be offered relocation packages. The first of those that do choose to go to Atlanta will begin moving starting in July of this year. The announcement says employees will be phased in to minimize disruptions to business operations.
They will work out of a temporary facility in Atlanta’s Central Perimeter while a new, state-of-the-art facility will be built. That should be completed in early 2017, according to Mercedes-Benz media contacts.
Mercedes-Benz is the second automaker to make its move to Atlanta. Porsche relocated recently, building a state-of-the-art facility near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, complete with a test track for potential buyers who fly in to consider a purchase.