Daimler Moving From New Jersey To Michigan

Daimler AG’s North American holding company plans to move its headquarters and 30 administrative jobs to Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder said.

Snyder announced the investment from the Frankfurt auto show, where he is wrapping up the second leg of an automotive-centric trade mission that started in Japan.

The 30 positions to transfer to Michigan from Montvale, N.J., will include executive staff and employees in treasury, legal and accounting departments, Snyder’s office said.

Daimler spokeswoman Andrea Berg said the move will start next year. The headquarters will be in Farmington Hills, where Daimler’s financial services operations are based.

The project’s cost was not included in the statement.

No state incentives were awarded to the project because too few jobs are moving, according to the state’s economic development arm. The announcement said the company will relocate to southeastern Michigan.

Daimler’s Michigan project follows a decision this year by its Mercedes-Benz USA affiliate to move its headquarters from Montvale to Atlanta, where the carmaker will build a new facility by next year.

The decision was partly due to higher costs of doing business in New Jersey, Mercedes-Benz officials told Automotive News in January.

A Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman said the two moves were unrelated.

“Michigan is the world’s automotive leader, and Daimler’s decision to increase its presence in state is another indication that we intend to hold that position for generations to come,” Snyder said in a statement. “This company has long been a valued member of our business community.”

Daimler’s Michigan operations include the headquarters for Mercedes-Benz’s financial services in Farmington Hills, which employs 400; Detroit Diesel in Redford Township, which has 2,500 workers; and Mercedes-Benz research and development centers in Redford and Ann Arbor, with 100 employees.

Snyder’s office said he met with leaders of 60 auto suppliers with Michigan headquarters during two days at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

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