CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mercedes-Benz Vans USA has broken ground on a $500 million plant expansion here to build Sprinter and Metris mid-size commercial vans. The factory, technically in Ladson, South Carolina, at the site of an existing Mercedes assembly operation, should be producing vehicles by the end of this decade. The plant will be more than 1 million square feet and will employ more than 1,000. Mercedes executives were cagey about exactly when the plant will go into production and ...

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