More than a financial transaction – an investment is a measure of commitment. At BMW Manufacturing, we’re proud of the strength and constancy of our commitment to the Upstate of South Carolina. Since 1992, BMW has invested over $5 billion in construction, equipment and other capital expenditures and 40 of our 170 North American suppliers have chosen to place operations in South Carolina.
In 2012, nearly half of all purchases that BMW Manufacturing made were in South Carolina. Nowhere are the effects felt more strongly than here in the Upstate where quality jobs, revenue generation, and investment are helping lay the foundation for an even brighter future.
Originally projected to provide 2,000 jobs, BMW Manufacturing now has over 7,000 people on site every day. Add to that the companies required to supply and support the campus, and BMW provides jobs for over 28,000 South Carolinians. Lost in the numbers is the level of quality BMW is adding to the local labor pool.
Having suppliers located nearby not only makes for efficient and flexible manufacturing, it increases the business vitality of the entire region. BMW Manufacturing and its potential suppliers saw this clearly. As a result, since the plant opened in 1994, many of BMW’s suppliers established new operational facilities in South Carolina, creating nearly 10,000 new jobs.