Factory Milestones

2014

  • March 28 – BMW announces $1 Billion investment, 800 new jobs, X7 model to be added, increased capacity to 450,000 units annually and start of production for the all-new BMW X4

2013

  • September 17 – 2,500,000th vehicle is produced, a BMW X5
  • August 1 – Production of third-generation X5 begins
  • April 3 – BMW awarded OHSAS 18001 certification
  • March - BMW announces expansion of hydrogen fuel cell material handling fleet 

2012

  • December – Record production volume achieved: 301,519 vehicles in one year 
  • January 12 – 2,000,000th vehicle is produced

2010

  • September 1 – Production begins on the 2011 X3
  • June 8 – BMW Manufacturing announces production of 1 millionth X5
  • March 22 – Production begins on the 2011 X5

2009

  • September 8 – BMW Manufacturing celebrates 15 years of vehicle production in SC; Produces 1.5 millionth vehicle
  • June 29 – Production begins on X5 M and X6 M
  • June 10 – BMW announces expansion to Landfill Gas Program

2008

  • August 28 – Last BMW Z4 Roadster produced at Plant Spartanburg
  • March 10 – $750 Million Expansion

2007

  • December 3 – Production begins on X6 Sports Activity Coupe
  • September 20 – BMW Manufacturing ships 100,000th “Next Generation” X5
  • January 8 – BMW Manufacturing has been named a ’2006 Top Plant’ by Plant Engineering Magazine

2006

  • September 28 – First “Next-Generation” X5 comes off assembly line
  • September 22 – Production of the original X5 ends
  • September 21 – BMW becomes the worlds first “green” automotive paint shop utilizing recycled landfill methane gas to power its ovens
  • May 2 – BMW Announces that it will use recycled landfill methane gas to power ovens in its paint shop becoming the world’s first “green” automotive paint shop
  • April 4 – Z4 Coupe and M Coupe production begins
  • February 28 – 1,000,000th vehicle rolls off the line
  • January 8 – Updated Z4 production begins M Roadster production begins

2005

  • June 9 – 500,000th X5 produced

2004

  • November 8 – 100,000th Z4 rolls off the line
  • April 1 – X5 4.8is High performance model production begins

2003

  • November 12 – Groundbreaking on 400-acre Clemson University Automotive Research Campus (CU-ICAR)
  • September 26 – Production begins on the 2004 X5

2002

  • October 22 – First Z4 Roadster – Joe Marchese becomes the first person to own BMWs newest vehicle
  • September 30 – BMW Manufacturing celebrates its 10th Anniversary in SC
  • September 26 – BMW Invests $400 million; adds 400 jobs
  • July 11 – Production reaches the half-million mark
  • June 28 – The last Z3 Roadster is produced
  • April 29 – The second annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs raises over $515,000 for Carolina charities

2001

  • August – Production numbers for the X5 reach six figures
  • April 30 – The inaugural BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs raises $500,000 for local charities
  • February – The 250,000th roadster is shipped
  • January – Production of the 50,000th X5 is reached

2000

  • December – BMW Manufacturing is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • June – A $300 million plant expansion is announced

1999

  • September – Production of the X5 gets underway and the 200,000th roadster is completed
  • August 12 – The Plant announces additional 108,000 square foot expansion

1998

  • November 4 – ISO 14001 environmental certification is awarded to the South Carolina facility
  • May 12 – A plant expansion to accommodate the production of the X5 is announced
  • January – Z3 and M coupe begins production

1997

  • October 28 – The plant produces the 100,000th roadster
  • January – The M roadster starts production

1996

  • February – BMW Manufacturing expands investment in South Carolina

1995

  • September 20 – The first Z3 Roadster comes off the line
  • July 12 – BMW Manufacturing is awarded ISO 9002 quality certification
  • March 2 – First BMW 318i assembled in S.C. is shipped. The 23-month span from groundbreaking to the first shipment is considered the fastest automotive start-up in history

1994

  • September 8 – The first American-made BMW, a 318i, rolls off the line
  • July 11 – Associates begin work in the new facility
  • January 4 – BMW hires associates for production

1993

  • April 6 – Construction begins on a 1,039-acre site adjacent to Interstate 85

1992

  • September 30 – The groundbreaking ceremony for the first and only American BMW factory takes place
  • June 22 – Plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina are announced

Production Figures

  • 2013 Annual Production
    Total 2013 Production: 297,326
  • 2014 Production - June
    X3 Units: 9,941
    X4 Units: 4,242
    X5 Units: 13,557
    X6 Units: 2,066
  • Number of jobs – 8,000
  • North American suppliers –
    170
  • South Carolina suppliers –
    40

Media Contacts

Sky Foster
MANAGER, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

BMW Manufacturing Co.
P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304
864-989-5546
Sky.foster@bmwmc.com

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