Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mercedes-Benz USA Vehicle Preparation Center in Brunswick, Georgia Marks its Opening

/PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) marks the official opening of its Brunswick, Georgia Vehicle Preparation Center (VPC) during a ribbon cutting ceremony held by Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA for employees and Georgia State dignitaries including Lt. Governor of Georgia Casey Cagle, Steven Green, Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Ports Authority, and U.S. Senator, Mack Mattingly.

"Today's event is a prime example of the impact one company can have on a community and why job creation is our top priority. We are proud to welcome Mercedes-Benz and stand ready to assist and support them as they continue to invest in Georgia," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

The Brunswick Vehicle Preparation Center in its entirety consists of four structures (under roof) totaling 103,260 sq. ft on a 50 acre site. It is one of five VPC facilities in the U.S. that serve as the first stop - after U.S. Customs - for new Mercedes-Benz vehicles destined for Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the United States. Located in Glynn County on the south side of Colonels Island, the Brunswick VPC is strategically port-located to processes vehicles headed for Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the Southern Region, Texas and Oklahoma.

"The opening of the new VPC, and the choice of this location, represents our ongoing commitment to drive operational efficiencies that ensure we are giving our dealers what they need to provide the very highest levels of customer satisfaction," said Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. "This new facility has already enabled reductions in terms of cost and time in the delivery of new vehicles and this is obviously to the benefit of our customers."

In addition its strategic location to improve efficiencies, many of the key functions for vehicle inspection and prep leverage advanced computerized control systems and facilities designed to ensure the high quality condition of each new vehicle. The VPC is capable of accessory installation, full body shop operations, homologation operations, and vehicle detailing and distribution operations.

The VPC is built with functional design and efficiency to optimize the employee work environment. The VPC is in the process of being LEED Certified as it incorporates components that are environmentally friendly from water use reduction to indoor environmental quality controls including use of daylight in 75 percent of spaces, thermal monitors and construction materials.

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