German carmaker brings work to Spartanburg
August 16, 2013 by Sarah
Luxury car manufacturer BMW has announced that it has started production of the third generation version of its X5 model, a mid-sized luxury SUV, at its manufacturing facility in Spartanburg.
No doubt the company has been using banner printing at the facility to mark this key milestone in its 21-year history in the state.
According to BMW’s president of manufacturing, Josef Kerscher, much of the success of the Spartanburg plant can be credited to the production of the X5. The next-generation model will continue to meet the superior quality standards which are expected from South Carolina.
Bobby Hitt, Commerce Secretary for the state, added that this comment from Kerscher is a testimonial to the ability of the regional workforce to build complex machines such as airplanes and automobiles.
Hitt added that since BMW began manufacturing automobiles in South Carolina in 1992, the workforce has been able to develop more advanced manufacturing operations and reach new levels of complexity. As a result of BMW’s presence, there are more than 7,000 workers who report to the plant with another 16,000 at the supplier facilities which are now located in South Carolina. Almost one third of the 170 suppliers in North America are now located in the region.
It has been estimated by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina that the industry injects around $8.8 million into the economy of South Carolina on an annual basis, providing a huge boost to the area’s employment figures.