“SAS is more than happy to contribute to the great success story of Alabama’s auto production that started right in the very plant where we will be supplying components for Mercedes-Benz’ next generation of SUVs,” said SAS COO Francois Barthel in an announcement.
This year, Mercedes-Benz celebrates its 20-year production anniversary in Tuscaloosa. It was the first large auto assembly plant in Alabama. The company is currently preparing the plant for SUV production, launching a $1.3 billion expansion project in September 2015.
Assembly line and storage facilities are currently being set up by MBUSI. Engineers of SAS are already on-site to help streamline processes prior to first assembly trials scheduled for the beginning of next year, with production to begin later in 2018.
“SAS Automotive Systems is a premier global automotive supplier, and its locating here in Tuscaloosa County speaks well of a strong and capable workforce in a pro-business environment,” said Claude Edwards, chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA).
SAS Automotive Systems plans to employ around 170 employees, including 160 shop-floor workers. Hiring will begin soon.