Vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is leasing space and building a new 1.1 million-square-foot campus in Long Beach, California, according to a statement from the company. Construction has officially started on the new facility, which will combine three divisions into one location. The Vehicle Preparation Center, Western Region and Learning & Performance departments will all move to this new location.
There will be two buildings on the 52.2-acre lot. The location previously hosted Douglas Aircraft Company then Boeing until the manufacturing facility was closed in 2006. Mercedes plans to have the construction completed and operations up and running by the beginning of 2015.
This is Los Angeles County's largest industrial lease in 25 years, according to a statement from the city of Long Beach.
"I am thrilled Mercedes-Benz selected Long Beach as its new West Coast home," Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. "This is an iconic brand moving into an iconic building with a plan to re-imagine the former 717 site into a state-of-the-art facility that will activate this property for many years to come."
Businesses consolidating their operations in new areas and creating new positions should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open jobs.