Lamar Ashford has been waiting a long time to see this.
Five years after General Motors shut down production of the Hummer at the AM General assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, the assembly line that once built the H2 is cranking out another SUV.
This time, it's the Mercedes-Benz R Class.
"With this R series coming in, it is good for the community, good for everyone's family," said Ashford, who has worked 14 years for AM General.
Mercedes-Benz has contracted AM General to build the R Class because the luxury automaker no longer has the space to build the SUV at its plant in Vance, Alabama.
That plant, where Mercedes manufactures most of its SUVs, is running at close to capacity. To keep up with demand, the German automaker is cranking up production of popular models like the GLK and M Class.
So it's moved production of the R Class to northwest Indiana and hired AM General to build models that will be shipped to China, the only market where the SUV is sold.