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BLG Logistics will open a warehouse and distribution center in North Charleston to manage and deliver parts for the nearby Mercedes-Benz Vans plant that will build a redesigned Sprinter van. File/Staff

A company that will deliver parts to the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in North Charleston is setting up shop near the German vehicle maker's $500 million facility in Palmetto Commerce Park.

BLG Logistics said Monday it will open a warehouse and distribution center next month at 4279 Crosspoint Drive that will employ 28 people. The company will manage parts and materials inventory for a just-in-time manufacturing process Mercedes-Benz Vans will use that calls for deliveries to be made to the factory just as parts are needed for production.

BLG also will coordinate delivery of the parts to the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant, which is scheduled to start production of Sprinter vans this fall.

Thomas Burke, BLG's logistics director of sales and marketing, said the company "is excited about continuing our successful growth strategy in North America" with a facility that will be overseen by Paul DeGroot, director of operations.

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Victor Rawl, chairman of Charleston County Council, said the company chose North Charleston because of the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant location and because it sees expansion possibilities driven by the Port of Charleston and the area's growing automotive and aerospace industries.

BLG Logistics is the U.S. subsidiary of Bremen, Germany-based BLG Logists Group, which was founded in 1877 and employs more than 16,000 people worldwide. The company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, provides third-party logistics services for the automotive, retail, consumer goods and industrial manufacturing sectors.

Mercedes-Benz Vans, part of the Daimler group, will build Sprinter vans from scratch and will assemble partially build Metris vans imported through the Port of Charleston. The company's North Charleston campus will employ about 1,300 people by 2020.

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