MBUSI, Great Granddaddy of State’s Auto Industry, Turns 20

Twenty years ago this month the very first gleaming M-Class Mercedes-Benz sports utility vehicle drove off the assembly line in Tuscaloosa County. The year was 1997. “Titanic” was sailing across the big screen, the Fed’s prime rate was an unthinkable 5.5 percent and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 7, 000 for the first…

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