DaimlerChrysler AG hopes to break ground on the $600 million expansion of its Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport/utility vehicle assembly plant in Vance, AL, as early as November. That doesn't give officials much time to decide whether the additional 1.5 million sq.-ft. announced Aug. 28 should be an expansion of the 1.2 million-sq.-ft. structure or an adjacent stand-alone facility. It could be a combination of the two, says Plant Manager Bill Taylor. The investment, augmented by $119 million ...

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