DaimlerChrysler AG officially begins production of its Sprinter commercial van at a new plant in Ladson, SC, just outside of Charleston.

The new facility, which will build Sprinters for both DC’s Dodge and Freightliner brands, has annual capacity for 32,000 vehicles and employs 180 workers. The $35 million, 460,000-sq.-ft. (42,780-sq.-m) facility replaces the former Sprinter plant in Gaffney, SC, that had capacity for only 22,000 units annually.

The all-new ’08 Sprinter goes on sale later this spring in the U.S.