Mercedes to add 800 Atlanta jobs and more local, national business news

Mercedes to add 800 Atlanta jobs and more local, national business news

January 14th, 2015 by Staff Reports and Wire Service in Business Around the Region

In this Dec. 16, 2014, photo, the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz corporate headquarters is shown in Montvale, N.J.

In this Dec. 16, 2014, photo, the exterior...

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

Mercedes-Benz USA will invest $74 million and add at least 800 jobs with its previously announced decision to relocate its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday praised the decision by the German auto maker to move its headquarters from Montvale, N.J. to Atlanta for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States.

"With its international name recognition and unmatched reputation for quality, Mercedes-Benz USA's decision to move to Georgia is simply a home run for the state," Deal said in a statement."Georgia is home to many growing, globally connected businesses, due in part to our top-ranked economic environment that has made us the No. 1 state for business three times over."

Mercedes-Benz USA President and CEO Stephen Cannon called Atlanta "a premier city which provides the perfect foundation to write the next chapter of our success story here in the U.S."

Georgia's automotive sector experienced a 149 percent increase in investment and 11 percent increase in jobs during fiscal 2014.


Taziki's gains healthy seal

The United States Healthful Food Council announced today that Takiki's Mediterranean Cafe has become the first national franchise to achieve REAL (Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership) certification, the emerging national standard for nutrition and sustainability.

The healthful food council said the certification is patterned after the LEED green building certification program.

"Taziki's has always been a trend-setter, not a follower," said Jim Keet, CEO of Taziki's, which operate eight restaurants, including units on Market Street downtown and Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga.

Lawrence Williams, CEO of the Healthful Food Council, said Taziki's "goes the extra mile to purchase higher quality ingredients and utilizes healthier preparation methods."