The Mercedes-Benz Vans plant under construction in North Charleston could be the first phase of at least three expansions, under early permits filed with the Army Corps of Engineers.
According to the Post and Courier the plant’s future expansion seeks to fill about 18 acres of wetlands at the company’s site in Palmetto Commerce Park. The newspaper also provides new details about plans to build a $500 million manufacturing facility to make the popular Sprinter vans, with the first phase scheduled for completion in 2018.
In addition to a revamped assembly facility, which will become a full-fledged manufacturing plant, Mercedes-Benz previously announced plans to build a new paint shop and body shop at the commerce park.
The automotive company’s parent Daimler AG announced in March 2015 it would spend roughly $500 million to hire around 1,300 new employees to its North Charleston operation. The German company hopes to assemble boths its existing Sprinter model and the midsized Metris version there when the expansion is complete.
Mercedes-Benz Vans reported a record year of sales for 2015, the newspaper reports.