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Q&A with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International CEO Jason Hoff

EDITOR'S NOTE: This conversation with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International President CEO Jason Hoff took place on May 12 at the Mercedes plant in Vance. Questions from The Tuscaloosa News have been edited for brevity and clarity. Hoff's answers appear as he gave them. Q: What's your personal background

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-17 14:00:00

Mercedes plant now six times as large as original facility

Mercedes-Benz's initial $300 million investment to build an auto assembly plant in Vance in eastern Tuscaloosa County seemed like plenty at the time to a state and region that was just happy to land the iconic brand's facility and the thousands of jobs it would bring. But there would be more to come

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-17 14:00:00

Long shot pays off in a multitude of ways

It was such a long shot, Vegas wouldn't have laid odds. Alabama would have been off the board. "All along, the conventional wisdom was that BMW had put theirs in South Carolina, and Mercedes was going to be in North Carolina," said Dara Longgrear, longtime executive director of the Tuscaloosa County

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-17 14:00:00

Workers praise Mercedes' family atmosphere

For Brandi McDonald, working at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance has been a family affair. After spending several years working in banks, McDonald got a job at the plant in August 2004. Her inspiration for a change of pace was her older brother, Clay White, who began working for MBUSI not

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-17 12:00:00

It began with the M-Class, but model lineup has grown

With the introduction of the M-Class sport utility vehicle in 1997, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International launched the premium SUV segment in the worldwide automotive market. MBUSI would go on to produce a second-generation model of the mid-size SUV beginning in 2005, the same year it launched production

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-17 14:00:00

'Prayers for Preston' raises money for boy battling Ewing's sarcoma

Members of the community gathered Sunday in an effort to help the family of a 9-year-old Duncanville boy who is battling Ewing's sarcoma. The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cottondale held "Prayers for Preston," a benefit for Preston Green. Sunday's fundraiser included a motorcycle

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-18 04:41:12

Chilton County Sheriff's Department incident report for the week of September 18

The following is an incident report from the Chilton County Sheriff's Department from September 6-12: September 6 - Custody dispute: 200 block of County Road 18 West, Clanton. - Burglary, third degree: 600 block of County Road 144, Calera. - Theft of property, third degree: Verbena. - Domestic dispu

CLANTON ADVERTISER - 2017-09-18 13:26:05

Nine-year-old Duncanville boy battling rare cancer

A nine-year-old Duncanville boy is in the middle of a life or death battle. Preston Green is battling a rare diagnosis, Ewing's Sarcoma. Sunday, his community hosted "Prayers for Preston," in an effort to raise funds for his family. It's one of the hardest things to witness, a young boy fighting to

ABC 33/40 NEWS - 2017-09-17 17:48:08

Man who rammed police cars during chase rearrested

COLUMBIANA - A 47-year-old Alabaster man who previously pleaded guilty to ramming several Alabaster police vehicles during a 2012 high-speed chase is back in jail and facing reinstatement of his original 10-year prison sentence after he was recently charged with attempting to pass worthless checks a

ALABASTERREPORTER.COM - 2017-09-18 17:20:00

Fall Farm to Feast coming up this weekend

The Blackbelt Benefit Group's annual Fall Farm to Feast is coming up Saturday, and Spencer Farm is making the final preparations to make the night as good as it can get. Local food prepared by the group, Spencer Farm and local restaurants will be served at the feast, which features libations, hors

SELAM TIMES-JOURNAL - 2017-09-18 23:59:59

Man wounded in Bessemer shooting; female suspect detained

An afternoon shooting in Bessemer left a man injured and a woman in custody. Bessemer police responded about 2:40 p.m. to the 300 block of Berkley Terrace on a report of a person shot, said Sgt. Cortice Miles. Once on the scene, they found an adult black male suffering from a single gunshot wound to

AL.COM - 2017-09-18 20:50:20

Chunk of change: HIS students collect coins for school fundraiser

HELENA-Over the course of five days, students at Helena Intermediate School arrived at school with heavier than usual pockets. The school held its annual "Coin Drive" in which students brought as many coins as possible to help raise money to make improvements to HIS. The largest annual fundraiser fo

SHELBY REPORTER - 2017-09-18 22:14:00

UAB breaks ground on new $39.5 million arts and sciences building

The University of Alabama at Birmingham broke ground on a new $39.5 million arts and sciences building on Tuesday morning. The 160,000-square-foot building is expected to open fall 2019. The project is located on the corner of 10th Avenue South and 14th Street South. "As a result of the rapid growth

AL.COM - 2017-09-19 15:38:35

JSU sees stagnant enrollment growth

JSU numbers released Monday show the university has 53 more students enrolled this year than last fall, a 0.62 percent gain. The stagnant growth is a far cry from the 451 students JSU gained last year, bucking a five-year decline, and comes as some other state universities are reporting record enrol

ANNISTON STAR - 2017-09-18 23:39:00

Panel rejects plan for Checkers

The Tuscaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission voted against a plan for a Checkers restaurant on Stillman Boulevard in the wake of residents complaints and issues about the restaurant's location. On Monday, the panel voted to deny a developer's proposal to rezone a 0.6 acre property at the corner of

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-19 04:18:28

Film series features 'The Ornithologist'

The Bama Art House fall film series continues Tuesday night with "The Ornithologist " at the Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave. The movie is about Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, who is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plung

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-19 03:30:00

Risky move by Trump in Alabama perplexes supporters, pundits

In this March 15, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he likes "winners." But the president's support of an Alabama Senate candidate trailing in most polls has some political observe

AL.COM - 2017-09-18 20:22:44

Official: New northern middle school under budget

Work on Tuscaloosa City Schools' new northern middle school is currently on schedule and under budget, construction officials say. For months, construction crews have worked on the new school, which will cover about 134,000 square feet and hold about 900 students from the Verner Elementary/Northridg

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-18 23:46:29

THEN AND NOW: Williams-James House

Right: Williams-James House, also known as Ivy Towers, located at 907 17th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Built c. 1835. seen on Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2011. One of the city's oldest structures, this home was the site where early government leaders mapped local and state political strategy. [File Photo] Left:

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-09-19 00:22:19

Alabama's Jordan Fisher primed for 'Dancing with the Stars,' tells home state viewers 'Roll Tide!'

"Roll Tide! How you doing?" Jordan Fisher wastes no time; it's the first thing he says during a phone interview. Fisher, 23, is a a triple threat performer -- a singer, actor and dancer -- who lives in Los Angeles. But his roots are in Alabama, and the Birmingham native makes that clear right away.

AL.COM - 2017-09-18 18:01:18