Mercedes-Benz Vans broke ground on its $500 million expansion in North Charleston, S.C., this week, where the company plans to manufacture Sprinter vans in an effort to capitalize on growth in van segment in the U.S.
The plant will add an additional 1.1 million square-feet of space to the company’s current facility in the state. Officials expect completion sometime “at the end of this decade,” fleetowner.com reports.
The previously announced expansion will bring full construction of Sprinter vehicles to the U.S. for the first time.
The U.S. is one of the fastest growing van markets in the world and is now the second-largest single market for the Sprinter in terms of unit sales after Germany as in 2015, Mercedes-Benz Vans delivered about 28,600 units to U.S. customers; some 11 percent more than in 2014.