VANCE, AL – When the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. assembly plant here takes a lunch break, lines at a number of area supplier facilities go silent as well. That is because when DaimlerChrysler AG started building the Mercedes M-Class in the state in 1997, Tier 1 integrators such as Delphi Corp. and Johnson Controls Inc. also launched production in greenfield facilities constructed to supply the auto maker. JCI supplies seats for Mercedes R-Class. They ship modules and parts ...

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