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Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Vance, AL

The project is a 1,588,454 SF addition to an existing automotive plant bringing the overall size of the plant to approximately 7,000,000 million SF. The project consisted of renovation and equipment additions of two new, approximately 2,500 ton duplex centrifugal chillers in a series arrangement in the Energy Center along with corresponding pumping and cooling tower addition. An older smaller boiler was replaced with a new larger approximately 28 MW boiler for hot water generation. The project consisted of a Wiring Harness addition, as well as an addition to the logistics space on the north side of the facility. In close proximity to the Wiring Harness and North Logistics Expansion is the East Assembly expansion, which involves the marriage process of the drive train to the chassis. The bulk of the project consists of the approximately 1,200,000 SF body shop expansion on the west side of the plant. This portion of the project involves relocation of the free trade zone (FTZ) fencing as well as relocation of underground utilities. Design involved coordination with corporate office facility design/plant engineering as well as vendor (conveyor and robotic) coordination.

  • Chilled Water
  • Hot Water
  • Weld Water Condenser Water system
  • Compressed Air
  • Argon
  • Nitrogen
  • Natural Gas
  • Electrical Service Upgrade
  • Main Service Rerouting with switch over during schedule plant shutdown
  • Telecommunications
  • Custom Rooftop chilled water air handlers


1,700,000 SF




B. L. Harbert International LLC
Gray Construction