NEW YORK -- Only about 180 of Mercedes-Benz USA's 1,053 employees are likely to move to Atlanta this summer, CEO Steve Cannon says.
That's because not all of Mercedes' employees will be affected initially by the move. The U.S. head count includes field employees and those at the Mercedes-Benz Manhattan company-owned dealership.
Cannon said the vice presidents and general managers already have responded to relocation offers. The remaining selected staffers have until April 15 to decide.
Fewer than 300 employees were "invited" to move, he said.
Cannon said he expects 60 percent of those employees to accept the undisclosed relocation package and bonus.
Mercedes will move from New Jersey to temporary offices in Atlanta, where it will build a headquarters complex by the end of 2017.
Just 600 headquarters employees will be affected by the first phase of the move. About 300 call-center and information technology employees will stay at the Montvale, N.J., headquarters until 2017.
All five vice presidents agreed to move, and just two of the brand's 27 general managers opted not to, Cannon said. About 15 employees who were asked to move have found other jobs, he said.
"We have a few jobs to fill -- we know that," Cannon said. "We will have an immediate need to staff up several hundred jobs in Atlanta."
The temporary headquarters for Mercedes-Benz will be ready with 600 workstations on July 1.