When Mercedes-Benz opens its $93 million U.S. headquarters in early 2018, it will about double its employment in its new hometown in suburban Atlanta.
The headquarters will have capacity for slightly more than 1,000 employees, Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said at a groundbreaking event last week.
Mercedes currently employs 500 in Atlanta at a temporary headquarters it moved into in mid-2015. About 200 transferred from the company's old headquarters in New Jersey. Mercedes hired the rest locally.
Another 400 or so employees remain in New Jersey, Exler said. He estimated that 40 to 50 percent of them would move to Atlanta during the second and third quarters of 2018. Mercedes would then hire to fill positions.
All the moves and hiring are expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
Over the summer, Mercedes began clearing a 73-acre site in Sandy Springs, Ga., for the new 200,000-square-foot building.