Two suppliers spent a combined $75 million to supply Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc.'s plant in Vance, Ala.
Johnson Controls Inc.'s Automotive Systems Group doubled the size of its plant in Cottondale, Ala., adding 500 jobs. Cost of the project is $50 million.
Johnson Controls supplies interior systems and components for the 2006 Mercedes M class. That includes seat systems, door panels, overhead systems, trim, compass modules and HomeLink units.
Johnson Controls will produce those components as well as second-row floor consoles for the R-class SUV.
Production of the R class begins this summer.
Brose North America Inc. spent more than $25 million for a plant in Vance to produce window regulators and electronics, latch systems, wire harnesses, speakers, handle brackets, keyless antennas, pressure sensors and a variety of smaller parts for the M and R classes.
The plant, Brose Tuscaloosa Inc., expects to have 90 employees by year end.
The plant is expected to produce 720,000 door systems annually by the end of 2006.
Johnson Controls' Automotive Systems Group of Plymouth, Mich., ranks No. 4 on the Automotive News list of the top 150 suppliers to North America with North American original-equipment automotive parts sales of $9.50 billion in 2004.
Brose of Auburn Hills, Mich., ranks No. 127 on that list. It had North American original-equipment automotive parts sales of $272.0 million in 2004.