The speculation that Georgia could again be on Daimler’s mind comes the same month as it’s Mercedes-Benz subsidiary announced plans to move its U.S. division headquarters to metro Atlanta.
Georgia twice thought it had a deal with Daimler for a van production facility. Former Gov. Roy Barnes, in the midst of a heated re-election campaign, famously announced in 2002 a deal with the German auto giant. The plan called for more than 3,000 workers.
But Daimler representatives refused to confirm a deal, saying at the time that “if” it built a factory, it would be in Pooler. The company said then it was still studying the market. The administration of Sonny Perdue kept at it, but the hoped-for jobs bonanza fizzled as Daimler announced plans in 2005 for a much smaller facility near Charleston, S.C.
Daimler currently assembles Sprinter vans sent over as kits from Europe. Berg said the kit assembly of Sprinter vans is “not sustainable” and a full-fledged assembly plant is needed to keep up with U.S. demand.
“We will decide the location for future production of the Sprinters in the NAFTA region in the next few months, as part of our normal location selection process,” Berg said in an email.