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Diamler Chrysler Plant coming to N. Charleston

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It looks as if Diamler Chrysler has revived its long dead plans to build a Sprinter Van assembly plant in N. Charleston if the announcement today goes as predicted. About 3 years ago several cities in the area competed for a plant, and Diamler announced it was going to Ga. However they never built the plant.

The plant in N. Charleston will initially employ 200-300 people and may eventually grow to several thousand. This isn't a full vehicle assembly plant as the van is built in Germany by Mercedes, but upon arrival to the facility in Charleston, the vehicle is transformed into either a Freightliner or Dodge brand and customized for the American and highway laws which differ somewhat from the EU.

I'm not sure it this would mean a loss for Gaffney which is where much of the work is performed today, but that plant is running at full capacity.

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It looks as if Diamler Chrysler has revived its long dead plans to build a Sprinter Van assembly plant in N. Charleston if the announcement today goes as predicted. About 3 years ago several cities in the area competed for a plant, and Diamler announced it was going to Ga. However they never built the plant.

The plant in N. Charleston will initially employ 200-300 people and may eventually grow to several thousand. This isn't a full vehicle assembly plant as the van is built in Germany by Mercedes, but upon arrival to the facility in Charleston, the vehicle is transformed into either a Freightliner or Dodge brand and customized for the American and highway laws which differ somewhat from the EU.

I'm not sure it this would mean a loss for Gaffney which is where much of the work is performed today, but that plant is running at full capacity.

According to the article in The State located in the Project Bluebell post in UP, Gaffney will not lose its jobs. The Charleston plant will actually work in conjunction with the one in Gaffney.

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If demand for the vans is high they will add the full manufacturing of the vans to the Charleston location. It will initially be kit assembly like metro said.

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