Quantcast

BMW Announces 800 Jobs, $1B Investment, New X7 In SC - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

BMW Announces 800 Jobs, $1B Investment, New X7 In SC

Posted: Updated:
This expansion means Spartanburg will have the largest production capacity of any plant in BMW's global production network. This expansion means Spartanburg will have the largest production capacity of any plant in BMW's global production network.
GREER, S.C. -

BMW is expanding its presence in the Upstate.

Friday, the automaker celebrated 20 years of production in the United States by announcing plans to invest $1 billion at its Spartanburg County plant. The investment is expected to create an additional 800 jobs by 2016, increasing the facility's total workforce to 8,800.

During Friday's event, the company also announced its Spartanburg facility will begin building the new BMW X7.

"We will expand the plant's annual production capacity by 50% up to 450,000 vehicles by the end of 2016. Today's capacity is around 300,000 vehicles," said BMW CEO, Dr. Norbert Reithofer.

This expansion means Spartanburg will have the largest production capacity of any plant in BMW's global production network. Today's event also celebrated the start of production of the all-new BMW X4. In the near future, a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X5 will also be produced here.

Since production began 20 years ago, in 1994, the Spartanburg plant has produced over 2.6 million vehicles for BMW customers around the world. Currently the BMW X3, X5, X5 M, X6 and X6 M are all produced at the plant.

"The state of South Carolina has supported us as a valuable and reliable partner throughout our 20-year involvement in the region - making the United States our second home," said Harald Krüger, Board of Management member for Production.

A new study by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina reports the BMW Group has a $16.6 billion impact on the state's economy each year.

Its presence in the Palmetto State also supports more than 30,000 jobs throughout the state. The study found every job created at the BMW plant creates an additional three jobs elsewhere through the economic multiplier effect.

BMW has 40 suppliers in SC, in 11 different counties.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.
    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.
  • 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant'; unarmed burglar shot dead

    'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant'; unarmed burglar shot dead

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:28:37 GMT
    Andrea Miller shot and killedAndrea Miller shot and killed
    Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.The homeowner, Tom Greer, was cooperating with investigators, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said at a news conference. But the chief wouldn't say whether charges will be recommended when they turn over their case to pr...
    Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.The homeowner, Tom Greer, was cooperating with investigators, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said at a news conference. But the chief wouldn't say whether charges will be recommended when they turn over their case to pr...
  • VIDEO: Dog Passes Out After Seeing Family Member

    VIDEO: Dog Passes Out After Seeing Family Member

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:01:47 GMT
    The dog in this video gets so excited to see a family member returning home for the first time in two years that she passed out!
    The dog in this video gets so excited to see a family member returning home for the first time in two years that she passed out!
  • Most Viewed Stories on WSPA.com

Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.