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Logistics company opening Ladson facility to serve Mercedes-Benz Vans

Staff Report //June 26, 2018//

Logistics company opening Ladson facility to serve Mercedes-Benz Vans

Staff Report //June 26, 2018//

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A logistics company plans to open a new facility in Ladson this month to handle supply chain services for Mercedes-Benz Vans' expanding manufacturing operation.

BLG Logistics’ new Charleston County facility will manage parts and inventory for Mercedes’ production operations, also in Ladson. BLG will also transport vans by “coordinating deliveries of assembled, tested and inspected auto parts,” a news release said.

BLG expects to create 28 jobs at its Lowcountry facility, located in Suite F at 4279 Crosspoint Drive. Thomas Burke, the company’s director of sales and marketing, said BLG anticipates working with other area manufacturers as well.

“BLG Logistics is excited about continuing our successful growth strategy in North America with the opening of our newest facility in Charleston County,” Burke said in a news release.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has been reassembling vans from its site near North Charleston for more than a decade. The Sprinter and Metris vans are produced in Europe, broken down into parts to fit into shipping containers, brought in through the Port of Charleston and reassembled in the Lowcountry.

That process will change by the end of the decade. The Mercedes campus is undergoing a $500 million expansion to enable the site to produce its Sprinter vans from start to finish for the North American market. Metris vans will still be reassembled for now, company officials have said.

BLG Logistics is headquartered in Vance, Ala., where it operates three facilities. The company also has sales offices in Atlanta and Duncan, located in Spartanburg County, according to the company website. The company is the U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based BLG Logistics Group.