April 28, 2011 / 10:20 PM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 1-Storms shut Mercedes Alabama plant two days

* Mercedes-Benz plant not damaged

* Plant shut two days because worker homes hit by storm

DETROIT, April 28 (Reuters) - Daimler AG’s (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes-Benz reported no damage to its assembly plant in Alabama, but shut the plant for Thursday and Friday because of tornado damage near the plant, the company said.

Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS), which also has a plant in Alabama, said that its factory was outside of the range of the major storms and was not affected.

Several storms passed near Mercedes-Benz’ plant in Vance, Alabama on Wednesday, including one that spawned massive and powerful tornadoes that devastated nearby Tuscaloosa, Alabama. [ID:nN28236204]

Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald said that while the plant was not damaged, many of the assembly line workers live in houses that have been damaged and many are without power.

She said the Vance plant will be back in normal operation on Monday.

The Vance plant employs about 2,800. (Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

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