Reflecting on 25 Years of Production in Alabama & Ramping Up EV and Battery Production in Alabama

  • Offering an overview of MBUSI’s 25 Years of Production in Alabama and deep dive into how the plant has evolved through the years
  • Discussing opportunities and challenges involved as MBUSI prepares to start production of all-electric Mercedes-EQ vehicles in the United States
  • Showcasing the highly-flexible Mercedes-Benz production system, allowing different models and drivetrains to be assembled within the plant to adapt to customer demands
  • Sneak peek of operations within the new Battery Factory, which will the high-performance lithium-ion batteries for the EQS SUV and EQE SUV is CO2-neutral

Shedrick Kynard
VP of Operations
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Shedrick Kynard is the Vice President at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for Body, Paint, and Assembly Operations responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all plant operations in accordance with pre-established objectives at optimum cost with quality objectives.

Shedrick has worked in various production areas within MBUSI over the years. In 1997, he joined MBUSI as an Assembly Team Member producing the first generation M-Class.  He collaborated with the launch of the 2nd Assembly Hall and launch of the R-Class as well as the second generation M-Class in Plant Tuscaloosa. There he worked his way to Manager and then onto Senior Manager in 2008 and later moved back to the orginal Assembly Hall  where he steered the start of production of the C-Class for the United States.

Shedrick is from Birmingham, Alabama and attended Jacksonville State University.  He is a husband and father of 3 and very much enjoys spending time with his wife and childen at Sporting events – especially watching his daughter excel in Softball.