Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced a $258,000 grant Tuesday morning that will almost immediately create 162 automotive manufacturing jobs in Tuscaloosa County.

The cash, combined with a $64,500 match from the Tuscaloosa County Commission, will help Schnellecke Logistics Alabama set up shop in a new building near Mercedes-Benz U.S. International automobile plant.

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Once their new 530,000 square-foot logistics center is completed,  Schnellecke will immediately hire 162 workers to help "rev up" MBUSI's production of electric vehicles at their plant in Vance.

Within three years, they intended to employ almost 400 people.

“From the start, Alabama’s vehicle manufacturing facilities have produced top-of-the-line automobiles and are poised to continue doing the same as the automobile industry transitions toward electric vehicles,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to support this project and the jobs it will create.”

The money awarded by Ivey will be drawn from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and distributed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

“Providing employment opportunities is the hallmark of Gov. Ivey’s administration,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and local officials in Tuscaloosa County in doing what is possible to help the Mercedes Benz operation to continue to thrive in Alabama and provide jobs for many Alabamians.”

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