MBN Automotive, an automotive machining company headquartered in Germany, has opened a sales and customer support office in Birmingham’s Hardware Park.
The company manufactures assembly-line machines in Germany for Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen and plans to grow its sales team in Alabama.
“Birmingham offers perfect conditions with its training centers, universities, the possibility to recruit employees and central location between existing and potential new customers,” said Christian Gerlach, managing director of MBN GmbH. “Likewise, the startup structure and access to a qualified supplier base appear to be very good. In addition, the Birmingham Business Alliance convinced us right from the start with their commitment and willingness to support us in our start and development in Alabama.”
The Birmingham location is MBN’s first office in the United States.
“Suppliers around the world are recognizing the Birmingham region as a central location to service automotive OEMs in Alabama and surrounding states,” said Ron Kitchens, CEO of the BBA. “Our infrastructure and base of existing manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Honda, as well as their suppliers, give Birmingham a solid foundation on which to grow auto manufacturing in the Southeast.”