Mercedes-Benz USA on Tuesday announced it would move its U.S. headquarters to the Central Perimeter area.

In a press release, Mercedes-Benz said it would move from its primary headquarters in Montvale, N.J., to temporary facilities “in Atlanta’s Central Perimeter” while it builds new state-of-the-art headquarters. The new headquarters building is to be completed in early 2017, the company said.

The company said the move would affect about 1,000 employees. Some operations will remain in New Jersey, the company said.

“New Jersey has been a wonderful home to our U.S. operations for our first 50 years, and still is today,” Mercedes-Benz USA President and CEO Stephen Cannon said in a company press release.  “The state has worked tirelessly with us as we evaluated our options.  Ultimately, though, it became apparent that to achieve the sustained, profitable growth and efficiencies we require for the decades ahead, our headquarters would have to be located elsewhere.  That brought us to Atlanta.

“Atlanta is a premier city which places us closer to our ever-growing Southeast customer base, our port in Brunswick, Ga., and to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, our Alabama manufacturing facility, which accounts for half of the vehicles we sell here in the U.S.  For our employees, Atlanta offers a strong quality of life, terrific schools and wonderful cultural and recreational opportunities.”

Joe Earle

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