Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa built its four millionth vehicle as the automotive manufacturer continues to celebrate the 25th anniversary of production at the plant.

According to a post on MBUSI's Facebook page, the team celebrated the production of the GLS model, which is one of four models that are produced at the Vance plant. The other models include the GLE, GLE Coupe, and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS.

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The post stated the new EQS and EQS SUV electric models will be added to the production line as a part of the "Mercedes-Benz Cars global push to ramp up production of all-electric vehicles at seven locations on three continents."

The post said Tuscaloosa has been the "center of excellence" for worldwide production of large SUVs since 1997.

The Tuscaloosa plant began production of the M-Class, which is the predecessor of the GLE SUV in February 1997 and has since "contributed to Alabama's status as an export hub for luxury SUVs," MBUSI said.

President and CEO Michael Goebel, plant leadership and team members were in attendance for the celebration.

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