Diversity Strategy

As a leader in the global automotive industry, and one of the leading manufacturers of premium automobiles, BMW Manufacturing Co. works toward a goal of inclusiveness that enables us to attract and retain a talented workforce, develop a diversified supplier network and have a positive impact through extensive community involvement.

This approach to inclusiveness strengthens our ability to manufacture extraordinary vehicles. Together, we are committed to leveraging our diverse culture in order to drive our future forward.

In order to sustain a leadership position, we must recognize that unique contributions come from the implementation of a diverse business model and ensures our company’s long-term manufacturing success.


Supplier Diversity

BMW Manufacturing believes diversity among our suppliers adds value throughout our organization and is imperative to our business. For this reason, we’ve developed a supplier diversity initiative that promotes an inclusive procurement environment. This also reinforces the importance of minority- and women-owned businesses to our long-term sustainability.

Companies interested in doing business with BMW Manufacturing should send a packet of information about the company and its services to:

Procurement Department 
BMW Manufacturing Co. 
P.O. Box 11000 
Spartanburg, SC 29304

BMW Supplier Diversity Spotlight


McKechnie Vehicle Components USA, Inc. (MVC) with manufacturing plants in South Carolina and Kentucky; tooling design and build in Minnesota and corporate office in Michigan; designs and manufactures decorative components that bring life to its customer’s products.  MVC is an integrated organization that provides all aspects of the process; tool design and build, component manufacturing, finishing and assembly.
MVC’s efforts over the past several years have resulted in diversifying into a variety of interior and exterior trim products.  As a supplier to Montaplast, MVC received approval to ship BMW parts within six weeks of business award.
MVC’s people are exceptional and very committed to producing the best quality product possible while protecting our environment and giving back to our communities.  MVC is ISO/TS 16949:2009 and ISO 14001:2004 certified, as well as being a certified woman-owned business.  MVC’s owner, Linda Torakis, was recently named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year finalist in the Michigan and NW Ohio Region.   


2014 Supplier Diversity Event

In April, BMW Manufacturing hosted their third annual BMW Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference. The 2014 event drew more than 1,400 women-owned and minority-owned companies for a day of professional development and networking with 136 BMW Tier 1 Suppliers, a 10% increase versus the 2013 supplier participation.

Philip Heinrichsdorff, Vice President for Procurement at BMW Manufacturing, kicked off the event with impressive supplier diversity results for the plant’s direct and indirect supply base. “Not only have we significantly increased our direct spend with women- and minority-owned Tier 1 suppliers by 237% since 2011, but we are dramatically impacting the buying decisions of our Tier 1 suppliers as they continue to increase their minority spend by over 500% since 2011, the same year that we launched this event,” said Heinrichsdorff.

View Images from the 2014 Diversity Event

  • BMW Manufacturing's Diversity Matchmaker event on 4/10/14.  File: 041014GR34
  • BMW Manufacturing's Diversity Matchmaker event on 4/10/14.  File: 041014GR34
  • BMW Manufacturing's Diversity Matchmaker event on 4/10/14.  File: 041014GR34
  • BMW Manufacturing's Diversity Matchmaker event on 4/10/14.  File: 041014GR34