Mercedes-Benz reopened an Alabama auto plant. Here’s how it happened


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Mercedes-Benz reopened its U.S. plant this week in Alabama, becoming one of the first manufacturers to do so since the coronavirus pandemic halted auto production across the country last month.

Depending how the reopening goes, it could assist other automakers in efforts to reopen their domestic plants in the coming weeks and months. If successful, it could be a benchmark for the industry. If not, it may cause others to rethink their processes and timing.

Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, said it took “robust and best practice safety measures” to ensure that the reopening

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