Philanthropy at MBUSI
MBUSI Gives Back to the Alabama Community
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International is proud of our 20-year history in Alabama. Proud of our growing family of Team Members. Proud of our community involvement. And proud of our world-class vehicles. Two decades ago we pioneered modern automotive manufacturing in the South. Today we celebrate our continued growth with new Team Members, new models, and new expansions to our plant.
In 1993 we put our roots down in Alabama and dreamed big. Since then, with the support of Daimler AG, we have donated more than $10 million to our local community, with a specific focus on families and the betterment of Tuscaloosa County. It’s been a great ride, and we’re ready to turn the key to start the next chapter.
Habitat for Humanity
MBUSI Helps Build Home with Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) doesn’t just talk about our commitment to the community, we put our words into action on a regular basis. In late April 2015, 50 MBUSI Team Members participated in a Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity building project in the Foster Ferry Road area and were able to put their unwavering attention to quality and efficiency to work.
Our Team Members took time out of their schedules to make a difference in the life of a member of the Tuscaloosa County community who was left completely paralyzed after a severe car accident. As a result, we were able to help a fellow citizen accomplish many much-needed construction projects for her home that otherwise would have gone undone.
For the past 20 years, we have been working to make Tuscaloosa County the best community in the South. We’ll never forget the warm welcome Alabama showed us when MBUSI was searching for a home 20 years ago. Today, we are proud to help welcome our neighbors home too.
YMCA of Tuscaloosa
MBUSI Supports Child Development through YMCA Donation
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) and the YMCA of Tuscaloosa have been close community partners for the past 20 years ever since the YMCA welcomed our German colleagues in 1993 and helped them acclimate to their new Alabama homes. MBUSI and the YMCA have many shared values and goals to support children and families, encourage good health, and foster connections through educational training, sports, and fun.
For all these reasons and more, MBUSI is proud to invest $250,000 to sponsor The Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Child Development Room at the YMCA’s new facility in downtown Tuscaloosa . Through this effort, we will continue to work towards our shared mission of keeping our children, and their families, on a path to success.
Red Mountain Theatre company
MBUSI Serves Under-Privileged Communities through Local Theatre
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) takes its commitment to supporting community arts programs seriously by encouraging participation in and patronage of local theatre programs.
Through a dedicated partnership with the Red Mountain Theatre, MBUSI is honored to help fund high-quality theatre productions that reach approximately 15,000 underserved children each year.
To further the success of Red Mountain Theater Company’s initiatives to reach underserved neighborhoods, MBUSI joins our local business community and patrons in donations that benefit underprivileged children and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Alabama that might otherwise never experience the inspiration that theatre brings to its audiences.
In addition to financially supporting Red Mountain Company’s philanthropic efforts, we at MBUSI also are regular patrons of the stage. In May 2015, we proudly sponsored the theater’s summer production of The Wiz.
MBUSI Ensure Environmental Protection
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) puts significant focus on ensuring that our plant operations protect the environment that surrounds us, including our rivers and wildlife. We consider ourselves environmental stewards of Tuscaloosa County and were honored to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization, through our lead sponsorship of Earthbound’s Earthfest on April 18, 2015.
As explained by MBUSI President and CEO Jason Hoff, “Our plant sits on 1,000 acres of land which we share with beavers, geese, and a wide array of wildlife. Our high-quality rainwater ponds and spill control systems allow these creatures to co-exist with us, and serve as a testament to their effectiveness. Respecting nature and ensuring we are doing our part to maintain wildlife habitats is an important part of the MBUSI culture.”
The Black Warrior River basin includes parts of 17 Alabama counties and provides approximately half of &Birmingham’s drinking water and all of the water for Tuscaloosa and many other cities in Tuscaloosa County.
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