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BMW Celebrates Grand Opening of Second Production Plant in S.C.

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SPARTANBURG, SC – In March 2008, BMW announced its single largest investment in South Carolina. The announcement included a US$750 million expansion of 1.5 million square feet to the existing 2.5 million-square-foot campus, which will support the production of the next generation X3 Sports Activity Vehicle. In addition, the Paint Shop received a 300,000-square-foot expansion to add new paint lines and processes.

Yesterday, BMW Manufacturing Co. celebrated the completion of the company's second production plant at a grand opening ceremony in Spartanburg County.

"If you see an X5, X6 or X3 anywhere in the world, you can be sure it is made right here in Spartanburg," said Josef Kerscher, president of Spartanburg-based BMW Manufacturing Co. "This achievement is not only what we've done here. It's coming out of the worldwide production network."

"As we're nearing two decades since BMW's initial decision to put down roots in South Carolina, it's clearer than ever that the company's decision in 1992 wasn't just a win for one part of the state or even one generation of South Carolinians – it was a transformational event in the history of our state," Gov. Sanford said. "Not only have we benefited directly from the initial investment, but it has brought a host of other spin-off investments from suppliers small and large
increasing South Carolina's competitive advantage by several orders of magnitude. Indeed, South Carolina's network of automotive-related companies represents a major sector of the state's economy with 37 of our 46 counties across the state now home to an automotive supplier."

To support the increased production, BMW has hired 1,000 people with an additional 600 jobs expected to be filled by the end of the year. 

Since 1994, when production began at the Spartanburg plant, 1.6 million BMW's have been manufactured for customers around the world and total capital investment now amounts to $4.6 billion.

Over 7,000 people work at BMW Spartanburg today.

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