SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – Mercedes-Benz Vans officially opened its new training facility that will train new hires to build commercialized sprinter vans and continues hiring for 2019.
HAPPENING NOW- I’m getting a first look at @MercedesBenz Van’s new training facility in Summerville.
This is where new hires will train to learn how to build sprinter vans #chsnews @WCBD pic.twitter.com/gmfMXhjNYQ— Deanne Roberts (@DeanneWCBD) January 31, 2019
The new 30,000 sq. ft. space is home to state of the art technology that will train new team members to build Mercedes-Benz sprinter vans before hitting the production line.
“This will provide great job opportunities for the citizens of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester County,” Tim Hardee, President of South Carolina Technical College System.
The building was able to built with the support of Trident Technical College, ReadySC and the State of South Carolina.
MBV produces sprinter vans for the U.S. and Canadian markets under the brands Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner. In 2015, MBV invested $500 million in the construction of a new sprinter production plant in addition to an expansion of the previous asssembly operations. In September of 2018, MBV moved the plan to North Charleston, and promised the state they would provide 1,300 jobs by the end of 2020.
“As a part of this expansion, we will bring 1,300 team members to Mercedes-Benz Vans,” said MBV Communications Specialist, Alyssa Bean.
In 2017, there were 450 team members and currently there a 1,119. The company is looking to hire 181 team members by the end of 2018.
“It’s a win for the employer who needs trained employees, but for the greater community, those students who will be trained here and adults who come here have an opportunity for a great job with great benefits, and really a bright future,” said Meg Howle, Vice President for Advancement at Trident Technical College.
MBV is hiring entry level positions, highly skilled technicians and professionals. To apply or get more information on these jobs, click here.