BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 26, 2017

The Spartanburg plant manufactured more than 411,000 vehicles in 2016 and now employs more than 9,000 people.

June 26 Germany's BMW AG said on Monday it would invest $600 million in its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant in the United States, as it looks to bolster its manufacturing facilities for future generations of its BMW X sport utility vehicles.

Company officials emphasized the German automaker's commitment to SC and the United States.

"It's a great day for us here in Spartanburg and SC and for the BMW group", BMW chairman Harald Kruger said, according to the cable network.

Krueger says the expansion will boost the company's workforce there to more than 10,000 people. Many of the Upstate-made vehicles are shipped overseas from the Port of Charleston's Columbus Street Terminal.

The model has been a bright spot for BMW in the USA this year, with sales jumping 30 percent through May amidst a largely flat luxury market.

It was a quarter century ago Sunday that BMW announced that it had picked SC for its first US factory.

Company officials could not be reached immediately for comment.

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