“MBUSI’s commitment to being the best luxury automaker in North America is most evident in our workforce,” said Michael Göbel, President and CEO of MBUSI.
“As our production continues to accelerate and evolve, we are expanding the team we have assembled with additional support at the local level. “
Steven King, a member of the assembly production team who has worked at MBUSI for 20 years, said the openings of the automaker’s manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa County and its battery plant in Tuscaloosa County Bibb represent a great opportunity for job seekers.
“If you want to get out of a job and into a career, this is the place to be,” King said.
“I like the family environment here. We get along well as a team. Everyone is accessible, including senior managers. These guys come to the production floor and talk with the team members as we talk to each other.
AIDT, which is part of the Alabama Department of Commerce and the state’s premier workforce development agency, is assisting MBUSI in the hiring campaign. Interested candidates can apply for vacant positions here.
“If you want to quit your job and make a career, this is the place to be.
MBUSI said jobs are immediately available in assembly, bodywork and paint shops. Positions are also available at its battery plant, where workers will assemble new technologies and high-voltage battery systems for electric vehicles.
To qualify for the positions, applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, one to three years of experience in manufacturing or industry, and must be able to perform essential job duties. ‘use.
“This is an opportunity to get to the ground floor of all the exciting new technologies in the transition of the world’s auto manufacturing companies as they move from combustion engines to electric. This historic transition is taking place right here in Alabama, and Mercedes is at the very center of this work, ”said Ed Castile, director of AIDT and assistant secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
“Today, Mercedes offers the possibility of being hired directly in the factory and in a fascinating career in the automotive world. At Commerce and AIDT, we are proud of the work Mercedes has done in our state, and being at the forefront of this historic transformation as partners is just great, ”he added.
‘SKY IS THE LIMIT’
Doug Knox, who worked for a hospital in Tuscaloosa before joining MBUSI 23 years ago, said the salary and benefits he earned at the Mercedes factory brought major benefits to his family.
“It helped me get my kids to college. They all finished college. My wife and I can see the light now. It has been good for my family, ”he said.
New team members hired through the campaign immediately qualify for the MBUSI benefits package, which includes:
- Health and life insurance
- Defined contribution pension plan with a 401 (k) match
- Annual bonus
- Paid time off, vacation and emergency vacation days, as well as a paid winter break
- Tuition reimbursement
- Child care, medical center, and fitness center on-site
Tamika Lee, who joined MBUSI 16 years ago after working at a sporting goods store, said new team members can expect an energetic work environment with a strong emphasis on quality production.
“For me, the best thing about working at MBUSI is the passion for the product, the passion for the brand. It says it all: Mercedes. We have a great passion for the job. Knowing that I am part of this quality brand makes me feel good, ”she said.
Janette Nelson, a member of the body shop production team, and King, the assembly team, said comprehensive and ongoing training programs ensure that MBUSI employees can meet the demands of a high-tech workplace.
“Some of the new team members are a little nervous and they all have the same thing to say: ‘I’ve never built a car before.’ I won’t tell them either when I came here, ”King said. “I had never seen this process and look at me now, 20 years later. We will teach you everything you need to know.
Christina Long, a member of the paint shop team working to earn an engineering degree from Auburn University through MBUSI tuition reimbursement, said a working spirit of team makes the carmaker’s factory a welcoming place to work.
“The main thing I love about this place is diversity and inclusion. The fact that we come together with our own ideas – that just sets us apart, ”said Long, who hopes to use his engineering skills to help program new robots being deployed in the paint shop.
“With all our ideas together, nothing is impossible and the sky is the limit,” she added.
MBUSI, which began building vehicles at the Tuscaloosa County plant in 1997, currently employs 4,400 permanent members of the MBUSI production team.
Since 1995, Mercedes-Benz Cars has invested more than $ 6 billion in the Alabama plant and expanded its involvement in the Tuscaloosa area with an additional $ 1 billion in 2018. Much of that goes to the implementation of the electric offensive.
In 2020, more than 210,000 vehicles rolled off the production line, split between the GLS and GLE sport utility vehicles, the GLE Coupé and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUV.