Mercedes and Global Trade Revive Auto Plant Gone Silent in Indiana

The steady comeback of the American auto industry has brought new life to underused factories, as carmakers across the country add shifts of workers to meet growing demand for new vehicles.

But even in an industry on the rebound, the revival of a once-empty plant in northern Indiana stands apart.

On Tuesday, officials of AM General — the maker of Humvee military vehicles — celebrated the production of a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle in a sprawling factory that once built Hummer S.U.V.s for General Motors.

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