VANCE, AL – A $7 million childcare and wellness center opened last May at the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. (MBUSI) M-Class SUV production site near this tiny hamlet 12 miles (19 km) east of Tuscaloosa and 32 miles (51 km) west of Birmingham on I-59 in central Alabama. “We found that over a 2 to 2 ½-year period our team members (the facility’s 2,000 employees) had 250 babies,” observes an MBUSI spokesman, “so we had a need for this facility.” Depending upon how prolific they are, ...

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