Mercedes-Benz USA could lose as much as 60 percent of its 1,053 HQ employees, following the main offices relocation to Atlanta, MB USA CEO Nick Cannon revealed.
Atlanta is set to become Mercedes’ new home, after more than 40 years spent in Motvale, New Jersey. Construction work has already started with the new headquarters expected to be ready in 2017.
The state of Georgia offered a hefty incentive package in its bid to convince Mercedes-Benz USA to embrace Atlanta as its new destination. The deal is valued at about $24,540 per employee or roughly $23.3 million.
The move has already met some opposition. Only 40 percent of the Mercedes-Benz USA HQ workers are trully willing to leave New Jersey. Their relocation in a temporary building about a mile away from the new site is set to debut this July.
“(New Jersey) has worked tirelessly with us as we evaluated our options,” Steve Cannon said. “Ultimately, though, it became apparent that to achieve the sustained, profitable growth and efficiencies we require for the decades ahead, our headquarters would have to be located elsewhere. That brought us to Atlanta.”
“We will lose talent, and that is an unfortunate byproduct of a move like this. It will be painful for people who have helped our company,” Cannon admitted.
The employees have already received special retention offers from Mercedes. They have until April 15 to decide, with no details released on how many offers have actually been made.