DaimlerChrysler AG’s $35 million outlay for a new Dodge van production site in South Carolina represents the first of three possible phases of investment totaling neary $400 million, according to state officials. The initial investment will, in early 2007, see assembly of the next-generation Dodge Sprinter move 210 miles (336 km) southeast from Gaffney, SC, to Ladson, just outside of Charleston. The new location – currently home to a plant that builds American La France fire trucks – is ...

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