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MERCEDES-BENZ TO ANNOUNCE SITE FOR NEW U.S. MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN EARLY FALL

 WOOD DALE, Ill., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz Project, Inc., a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz North America Corporation, has announced it expects to have a final decision on the site of its new U.S. passenger-vehicle manufacturing facility by early fall.
 The company reports that the site selection process, which began earlier this year, is running according to schedule, with more than 30 states throughout the country having offered sites.
 "We are pleased at the great interest shown by the various states, however this makes our task of choosing the best site for Mercedes-Benz all that more difficult since many communities offer fine qualities," said Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz AG board member in charge of research and development. "Mercedes has been producing commercial vehicles around the world -- including the U.S. -- for years, which is how we know that the success of our passenger-vehicle manufacturing efforts in the States begins with the selection of the best site to meet our needs, with quality of the workforce being an important criteria."
 Mercedes-Benz Project is working with Fluor Daniel, Inc., an Irvine, California-based engineering and construction firm, on the site selection, which includes both existing facilities and new construction. The process includes the evaluation of more than 100 sites and some 50 existing facilities, with the main criteria including quality of labor force; transportation infrastructure and logistics, including highway systems, rail connections and port access; and proximity to suppliers.
 Scheduled to begin production in 1997, the plant will employ some 1,500 employees by the end of the decade and will produce a four-wheel- drive, sport utility-type vehicle. About 60,000 vehicles will be produced annually, with some 20,000 slated for sale in the U.S., and the remainder to be exported to other markets.
 Mercedes-Benz AG, the Stuttgart, Germany-based manufacturer of Mercedes cars and commercial vehicles and a member of the Daimler-Benz Group, began a worldwide search for new manufacturing operations more than two years ago as part of its globalization strategy. The company selected the United States because it is the largest market for sport utility vehicles and to minimize the impact of currency fluctuations. MBAG already has three commercial vehicle plants in the U.S., through its Freightliner Corporation subsidiary.
 The Daimler-Benz Group has some 15,000 employees in North America through its four corporate units: Mercedes-Benz AG (passenger cars and commercial vehicles); AEG (automation, electrotechnical systems, rail systems and microelectronics); Deutsche Aerospace (aircraft, space systems, defense and civil systems, propulsion systems); and debis (computing, financial, insurance, trading and marketing services.)
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 /CONTACT: Linda Paulmeno of Mercedes-Benz Project, Inc., 708-350-3190/


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