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First Mercedes SUV rolls off the line in Uusikaupunki

Valmet Automotive on Thursday began series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant. The company has announced plans to recruit over 1,000 new car builders this year.

Ensimmäinen Uudenkaupungin autotehtaalla valmistunut GLC-katumaasturi
The first Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV rolled off the assembly line in Uusikaupunki on Thursday. Image: Ari Welling / Yle

At an event marking the production of the first vehicle, Valmet Automotive CEO Ilpo Korhonen described the GLC project is the most ambitious for his company ever.

Mercedes-Benz Cars and Valmet Automotive began a partnership with an A-Class manufacturing contract in 2013.

Besides investment, the production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC requires the hiring of a considerable number of new employees. Valmet Automotive will recruit over 1,000 new workers this year. Under a campaign already underway, the company is recruiting 500 new car builders for its Uusikaupunki plant.

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