Mercedes-Benz West Coast Campus GroundbreakingToyota might be leaving Southern California, but Mercedes-Benz is doubling-down on the region with a newly announced, 1.1 million-square-foot West Coast Campus in Long Beach, CA. It combines three currently separate divisions of the company into one place to increase overall efficiency.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Mercedes Vice President of Sales Dietmar Exler broke ground on the huge, new facility that was formerly the site of a Boeing 717 factory. As you can see from the photo on the right, they're both pretty happy about it.

The new campus will be split into two buildings that will sit on 52.2 acres of land across the street from the Long Beach Airport. The venue will open in the first quarter of 2015.

The new location combines Mercedes USA's Vehicle Preparation Center, which inspects and distributes vehicles to dealers when they arrive in the US, the Western Region Office, which does dealer sales support, and the Learning and Performance Office for employee training.

Autoblog reached out to Mercedes to learn more about its plans for the new campus. We will update this story, when and if we hear back. Until then, scroll down to read the full announcement below.
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MERCEDES-BENZ USA BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW 1.1MM SQUARE FOOT WEST COAST CAMPUS IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

New Facility to Bring Together Several Business Units to Increase Efficiencies

LONG BEACH, C.A. –Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today officially marked the commencement of construction on a new West Coast regional facility in Long Beach, California. The new location serves as the future home of MBUSA's Vehicle Preparation Center, Western Region and Learning & Performance Offices, which are all currently located in Southern California.

The new facility will consist of two buildings, totaling 1,091,754 sq. ft. on a 52.2 acre lot. The historic location opened in 1941 as home to the Douglas Aircraft Company and later served as the Boeing 717 aircraft manufacturing facility until closing in 2006. Located across the street from the Long Beach Airport in a mixed-use development known as Pacific Pointe at Douglas Park, the facility is expected to be ready to begin business operations in the first quarter of 2015.

"Southern California is the car culture capital of the world and it remains one of the largest markets for the Mercedes-Benz brand. Hollywood, great weather, a passion for the automobile and continued growth of the luxury market have all contributed to this singular position," said Dietmar Exler, vice president of sales for MBUSA. "Thirty years ago Mercedes- Benz planted roots in Southern California and expanding sales volume necessitates that we have the most efficient and effective structure to support our dealers in providing a world-class customer experience."

"I am thrilled Mercedes-Benz selected Long Beach as its new West Coast home," said Bob Foster, Mayor of Long Beach. "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."

The new facility will include the following business operations:

 VEHICLE PREPARATION CENTER – The Vehicle Preparation Center is responsible for ensuring Mercedes-Benz vehicles are ready to deliver once they arrive in the United States. Distribution tasks include receiving vehicles from vessels, inventory management for the U.S. market, port of entry services, shipping and wholesaling of vehicles. Quality tasks include vehicle inspection and factory quality checks. MBUSA operates three Vehicle Preparation Centers located in Baltimore, MD, Brunswick, GA and Carson, CA.

 WESTERN REGION OFFICE – The MBUSA Western Region supports 82 dealerships with sales and fixed operations across 12 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Utah. MBUSA has three other regional offices in the U.S.: Parsippany, NJ, Rosemont, IL and Jacksonville, FL.

 LEARNING & PERFORMANCE CENTER - The Learning & Performance Center provides training to dealership and MBUSA employees. MBUSA Learning & Performance conducts instructor-led training, eLearning, virtual classrooms, peer-to-peer training, and mobile learning to ensure that customer-facing personnel have the information and ability to deliver to the highest professional service. MBUSA operates Learning & Performance Centers in Houston, TX, Itasca, IL, Jacksonville, FL and Montvale, NJ.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class and the SLS AMG GT.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans, and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com. Accredited journalists can visit our media site at www.media.mbusa.com.

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