BMW is expanding its operations in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The company has announced it will invest $990 million into the facility over the next three years to allow the plant to produce up to 350,000 vehicles annually. Currently, the Spartanburg assembly plant produces the BMW X3 (pictured), X5 and X6, and BMW says the company expects to see an increase in CUV demand in the coming years. BMW has already committed to broadening its presence in the crossover market with the introduction of the upcoming X4 model.

The BMW X3 helped BMW grow to become the best-selling luxury brand in the United States for the first time in the company's history last year. The model saw a 156 percent increase in global sales to a total of 117,944 units, and 27,793 of those found homes in the States.

Right now, 70 percent of the vehicles built in Spartanburg are exported to other markets around the world. Last year, the facility built 276,065 vehicles, which marks an increase of 73 percent over 2010. The plant originally opened in 1994, and the German automaker is currently celebrating the 2 millionth vehicle produced since then. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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BMW Announces Nearly $900 Million Investment, Adding 300 jobs at its South Carolina Plant in 2012

Celebrates 2,000,000 vehicles produced in U.S.

Spartanburg, S.C. - January 12, 2012... BMW announced today that the company will invest nearly $900 Million USD and add 300 new jobs in 2012 in its South Carolina plant. This announcement was made during a ceremony to commemorate a major production milestone – 2,000,000 vehicles have rolled off the assembly line since the company began U.S. production in 1994.

Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW Group Board Member responsible for Production, revealed the company's intention to expand its X-model family. He revealed that production of the new BMW X4 will occur at the Spartanburg plant, spurring significant investment and job creation necessary to prepare the facility for the new model.

"I am delighted to announce today, over the next three years, we plan to invest nearly $900 Million U.S. dollars. With this investment, we will be able to produce 350,000 units here in the mid-term," said Arndt. "This is one reaction to the rising global demand for our BMW X Models."

Governor Nikki Haley spoke at the ceremony saying, "BMW has once again provided tremendous evidence that South Carolina is a blueprint for significant economic development success. The partnership between this company and our State is an enduring example of how to attract, retain and grow business to stimulate perpetual job creation."

"Two million vehicles have prepared our team well to meet the new opportunities that lie ahead for our plant. We look forward to a new model with great anticipation. For nearly 20 years, this team has always proven their steadfast commitment to producing quality vehicles for our customers around the world," remarked Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing.

"I am thrilled to celebrate the two millionth BMW today," said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce for South Carolina. "BMW's impact on South Carolina's economy and overall competitiveness is always worth celebrating. This new economic investment and commitment of jobs is a testament to South Carolina's strong automotive manufacturing industry."

With the addition of 300 new jobs this year the plant will raise production capacities up to 300,000 units. By the end of the year, the plant will employ nearly 7,500 people at its more than 4.0 million square foot facility. Since the original 1992 decision to build BMW's only U.S. plant in South Carolina, today's announcement brings BMW Group's total investment in the state to nearly $6 Billion U.S. dollars and represents its largest, single investment to date in its South Carolina plant.

In 2011, the plant produced 276,065 vehicles for over 130 markets around the world representing a 73 growth of this vehicle versus its predecessor.

The 2 millionth vehicle to roll off the line in Spartanburg was a Vermillion Red Metallic X3 xDrive35i driven by BMW Associate Terry Gardner, a 16-year BMW veteran. The vehicle featured Oyster Nevada interior and an M Sport Package. Accompanying the driver, were associates: Renita Williams, Trung Phan and Olga Yurchenko. These associates represent teams from each of the plant's manufacturing technologies: Body, Paint and Assembly.

While all vehicles are custom ordered prior to production, this symbolic vehicle will remain on display at the Spartanburg Plant to commemorate the milestone.

Also making remarks at the milestone event were German Ambassador to the United States Peter Ammon, United States Congressman Trey Gowdy and Spartanburg County Council Chairman Jeffrey Horton.

Since 1994, the plant has undergone four major expansions and produced 6 different BMW models and their variants (318i, Z3, Z4, X5, X6, X3). Employment has grown from 500 in 1994 to more than 7,000 today.

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


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      MR
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was born there. Spartanburg is in the Upstate area, nowhere near Hurricane country. It's only about 70 Miles from Asheville, NC (the mountains)
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MR
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          MR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Parts are true. The Upstate (Greenville/Spartanburg) is doing pretty good, and Charleston will most likely always do well since it's a very desirable city to move to/live in for many people, but the unemployment rate is 9.9%. Regardless, I'm sure this will be welcome news to many folks.
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      More money and jobs for the USA. Haters will complain anyway.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could bMw NOT rely so much on Cuvs? Whatever happened to the Ultimate Driving Machine? If you HAve to make SUVs bring back the Riley marque which you have the rights to and make it a mainstream priced brand.
      g2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      just what I wanted, more CUVs
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring the X1...and a diesel, and AWD. It's about damn time.
      ilikedags
      • 2 Years Ago
      while german car companies invest internally, GM were spending profits on stock buy backs and then come to the tax payer for a hand out.
      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      CUV, I dub thee Satan.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much is Spartanburg shielded from hurricanes since they are farther inland? Anyone in the area? Honda and Toyota learned their lesson about putting all your eggs in one basket when the tsunami Japan.
        Spartan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        I used to live in Spartanburg, SC. There's no hurricane threat there. It's in Upstate South Carolina about 80 miles southwest of Charlotte, NC.
      tributetodrive
      • 2 Years Ago
      suddenly I feel like buying an X3