BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years

BNW plant in the Upstate announced it will invest $600 Million over the next four years, creating about a thousand jobs.

GREER, S.C. (AP) - BMW plans to invest an additional $600 million in its South Carolina plant and create 1,000 more jobs over the next four years.

CEO Harald Krueger's announcement Monday coincides with the German automaker celebrating 25 years of manufacturing in Spartanburg County. The company also unveiled its newest BMW X3 sports-utility vehicle, which is built in Greer.

Krueger says the expansion will boost the company's workforce there to more than 10,000 people.

The company says the South Carolina plant is its largest worldwide for the popular X models.

Gov. Henry McMaster says BMW essentially "put South Carolina on the map" with its decision to locate here a quarter century ago.

According to the state Commerce Department, South Carolina is home to nearly 400 companies in the vehicle-manufacturing industry employing 66,000 people.

© 2017 Associated Press


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