Beginning March 23rd, the Mercedes plant in Vance will halt all production of its passenger and vans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuscaloosa/Charleston – Due to the worsening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in North America, Mercedes-Benz has decided today to halt the majority of its local production as well as work in selected administrative departments. By taking this action, the company is following the recommendations of international, national and local authorities. The temporary halt applies to the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant (Alabama) as well as to Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC, Charleston (South Carolina). It will start gradually next week, in Tuscaloosa beginning on Monday for an initial period of two weeks.E-mail to the media via WBRC
The employees’ health and safety has top priority at Mercedes-Benz. Therefore, the halt of production and administration as a measure to ensure this and to further contain the spread of the pandemic. Wherever essential work is necessary, the company will continue operations in coordination with the respective authorities. All appropriate precautions to prevent the infection of its employees will be taken.
The management is monitoring the situation constantly and will take further measures as required. Operations will be resumed when the situation improves.
Below is a screenshot of the notice to employees:
NOTE: The above notice doesn’t apply to all contractors or workers for suppliers to the Mercedes plant. Some of the workers I’ve spoken with are not receiving additional pay, but do get to exhaust PTO and/or sick leave.