Report: Mercedes-Benz USA might relocate headquarters to NC or GA

Mercedes-Benz USA is considering relocating its corporate headquarters from New Jersey to either North Carolina or Georgia, the Wall Street Journal reported this week, citing two people briefed on the matter.

Executives are considering Atlanta and several cities in North Carolina, the Journal reported. A variety of incentive packages are being reviewed, according to the report.

Mercedes-Benz employs about 1,000 people in New Jersey, where it has had its headquarters in Montvale since 1972.

North Carolina officials have been actively courting automakers, hoping to land either a corporate headquarters or a new auto plant.

The Charlotte Observer reported in August that North Carolina was prepared to offer Toyota up to $107 million worth of incentives to lure the automaker's North American headquarters to Charlotte. Toyota ended up moving its headquarters from Torrance, Calif. to Plano, Texas.

Texas offered Toyota less money but benefited from other factors, such as direct flights to Japan.

The Journal article noted that a move to Georgia or North Carolina would put Mercedes-Benz headquarters closer to its plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.