Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance plans to add a third shift next summer as it increases its vehicle production 30 percent next year, according to a leading automotive industry trade publication.
Internal plans that shared with suppliers indicated that Mercedes plans to make 185,900 vehicles at Vance next year, Automotive News Europe reported.
That compares with 143,000 vehicles that will be made this year and 125,000 vehicles made in 2010.
The publication said the company will add a third shift at Vance on Aug. 20, 2012, to help meet increased demand and to prepare for the launch of a new generation of C-Class sedans that Mercedes will be adding to its Vance production.
Mercedes officials in Vance could not be reached for comment.
Last year, the Vance plant began using temporary workers to help it through what the company described as peaks and valleys in production that are expected over the next few years. Many of those workers could be absorbed into the auto plant’s regular work force as production stabilizes.
The letter to suppliers cited by Automotive News Europe was signed by Joerg Burzer, Mercedes vice president for purchasing and logistics, and Tonja Cochran, senior manager for supply chain management,
It said Mercedes’ internal plans indicated Vance will produce 124,300 M-Class sport utility vehicles and 23,400 R-Class crossover vehicles in 2012.