BMW is furthering its investment in America. You already know that the German automaker builds the X3, X5 and X6 at its Spartanburg County, South Carolina assembly plant. Now, BMW is adding to that complex by introducing two new programs and hiring 100 new employees. Workers at its facility in Greer will soon have access to a brand-new family health center operated by an independent health care provider. Use of the health center will be made available to existing employees, eligible retirees and family members. In addition to the health center, BMW will begin a program called BMW Scholars, which allows area technical school students to work part-time in the assembly plant. Accepted candidates will receive tuition assistance, book money and first-hand apprentice training with a major automotive manufacturer.

Beyond the new programs, BMW is looking to bring 100 new team members on board to fill white colllar positions. These range from production managers and engineers to IT staff. The move to acquire 100 new employees is rather interesting after the negative attention from Teamsters when 100 distribution jobs were cut. Somehow, we don't see the union firing up a website to lay on applause for this one.
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BMW Invests in New Workforce Programs, Adds Jobs.

Reinforces the Southeast region of U.S. as a vital producer of automotive jobs.

Spartanburg, S.C. – August 3, 2011... BMW announced today further investment in two new workforce programs and additional jobs. This announcement supports BMW's commitment to America through sustainable growth at its South Carolina plant. Harald Krueger, BMW Group Board Member responsible for Human Resources, confirmed the company's intention to hire 100 professional employees. The workforce programs include a new manufacturing recruitment program: BMW Scholars, and a $5 million Associate Family Health Center.

"These innovative programs and new jobs serve to exemplify how much we care about current and future generations. This is part of our long-term approach to sustainability," said Krueger. "For us, sustainability is not just about building the most efficient vehicles in the most productive facilities. It's also about accepting responsibility for decisions that affect the future development of our associates."

These new positions will range from Engineers to IT professionals and Production Management associates. Additional jobs at the South Carolina plant confirm the company's leadership position in premium automotive manufacturing and "reinforces the Southeast region of the U.S. as a vital job producer," added Krueger.

The Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, applauded the company's latest announcement stating, "BMW is a perfect corporate example of manufacturing excellence in South Carolina. They understand what it means to take care of and invest in their employees. These quality improvements and hires are why their employees invest in the quality of their product and are loyal to the company. We are proud that they call South Carolina home."

To launch the BMW Scholars program, the company is partnering with three area technical colleges, Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College, to provide work experience to students interested in pursuing a career in skilled manufacturing. The new recruitment program provides tuition and book assistance, allowing students to attend classes full-time and work at the plant up to 20 hours per week. BMW Scholars expands on the hands-on benefits of a traditional apprentice program, while adding the value of a 2-year college degree and the potential to be considered for full-time employment by BMW. Related career paths include Automotive Technology, Robotics Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Mechatronics (Multi-Skilled Industrial Maintenance) and Production Technology.

"The BMW Scholars program is the perfect complement to our recruiting strategy. By investing in workforce programs that build a pool of qualified men and women, we are helping to sustain the future of BMW and skilled manufacturing in South Carolina," explains Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing.

The Associate Family Health Center will be a first-class facility, operated by an independent health care provider who will use the latest in healthcare technology. Use of the 20,000 - 25,000 square foot facility will be available to all BMW Associates, eligible retirees and their covered dependants. BMW's existing onsite associate family pharmacy will be relocated to the new facility and joined by medical and primary health care services, as well as vision, dental, physical therapy and occupational health. The combination of cost savings and the benefit of having medical services all in one location provides the company's workforce a new option in their overall healthcare management.

"Recruitment is vital to ensure we continue to manufacture the top-quality products you expect from BMW, but equally important are the health and wellness of our entire workforce," said Annmarie Higgins, Vice President of Human Resources for BMW Manufacturing. "Our goal is to construct this new Associate Family Health Center to allow us to concentrate on the kinds of initiatives that matter most: health care education, early detection and prevention."

In addition to these two, new workforce programs, the company also recently consolidated their fire, security management and equipment resources into one existing facility located on the west end of the 4-million square foot campus. To prepare the building to effectively service the company's needs, renovations included: the addition of two new equipment bays, training rooms and office space. The addition of this building provides BMW with updated facilities in a more centralized location to respond easily to all on-site situations. Recently, an 80 percent expansion began on an existing logistics warehouse to help the company update its parts management processes. This will add more than 160,000 square feet to the warehouse.

In 2011, the plant will produce more than 260,000 vehicles for over 130 markets around the world. Sales of the vehicles produced at the plant have met with continued high demand. In October, the plant will begin operating on a six day production schedule to meet this global demand. This will also create new jobs for production associates.

For additional details and to apply for the new positions, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.


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      Joe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only on Autoblog would people complain about a company adding high paying jobs in the US.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just more proof the workers don't need the UAW.
      vwfails
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh good, more pencil pushers.
        sysadm1n
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfails
        As opposed to pot smoking UAW fender pushers?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfails
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        MichaelMM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfails
        Yeah, pencil pushers. You know, the people who design, create, and manage the construction and distribution of all the **** you take for granted. Dick.
        dave and mary
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfails
        Take it easy on 'ole VW there - he has a valid point: he thinks we should all have protected jobs. I can hear the 'church lady' saying "now, woudn't that be special?" Unions don't protect jobs VW. Never have and never will. If you disagree, why is union membership less than half of the 60's/70's? Why didn't they just "protect" the jobs lost? I know your answer "pencil pushers eliminated them". So, learn to say "will that be fries or rings with that #2?", and you'll be just fine.
          • 3 Years Ago
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        GMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfails
        Yeah, stupid pencil pushers. Who needs engineers? Just super clue everything together and call it a day. Chrysler does it, why can't BMW?
          Rob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GMan
          Heh, Chrysler's offerings are much improved, but they got a loooong way to go before they're nipping at the heels of BMW You get points for the Blues Brothers reference, tho
          midlvl
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GMan
          Have you driven any of the redesigned Chrysler products? Better interior then BMW and more reliable then BMW.. That glue must be some strong stuff.
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          @GMan
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        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfails
        Yeah, because IT workers and engineers are just pencil pushers......sheesh.
          BrunoT
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          IT workers and engineers are great assets to society. Just don't expect them to be much fun at parties.
        me
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfails
        Wouldn't want to hire any of those engineers now would you, they might actually do something productive.
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      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously, who cares what the union thinks when a company invests or divests resources in a part of their business? Smart parasites don't kill their hosts.
      BrunoT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crazy idea. What say we let management hired by stockholders decide who to hire and who to lay off? If the union knows better, why don't they swap jobs with management?
      KendroHan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now I have one BMW car, thats one very good ! ============= www.51haofa.com ========= good life!
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