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Mercedes-Benz Swamped By Job Applicants

Mercedes-Benz is getting more than 65 applications for every production job at its first U.S. plant under construction in Alabama, officials of the German luxury automaker said last week.

Mercedes hopes to begin building a new sports utility vehicle at the plant in late 1996 with the vehicles going on sale in the fall of 1997.

The plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is expected to employ about 1,500 people overall, including 800 to 900 production workers.

But the company has already received 60,000 to 70,000 applications for the production jobs and has begun the process of deciding who to hire, said Juergen Hubbert, a member of Mercedes-Benz AG’s board of management.

That would represent between 66 and 88 applicants per production job.

Hubbert, who oversees the company’s passenger car operations, said Mercedes hopes to begin training workers for the Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant this year.

As part of the training, about 20 production workers will be sent to Mercedes Stuttgart plant in Germany to observe its automaking operations.


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