Mercedes cuts ribbon on new expansion


Mercedes-Benz has expanded its plant in Tuscaloosa County again.The German automaker cut the ribbon Wednesday on a $70 million logistics center at its automotive factory in Vance.About 600 contractors and service providers will work in the 900,000-square-foot building. They will be responsible for handling almost 3 million parts a day.The facility will receive components and organize them into the proper order for the manufacturing process.The executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Board, Dara Longgrear, said the new facility is part of the maturing of the auto industry in Alabama.Mercedes was Alabama's first auto assembly plant. It opened in 1995.