BMW Manufacturing Continues as Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter by Value.

Spartanburg, SC - 03/08/2019

For the fifth consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing led the nation in automotive exports by value, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Commerce. BMW exported 234,689 X models from its Spartanburg, SC, plant during 2018. About 81 percent of these Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes were exported through the Port of […]

BMW Group to Produce Two Additional All-New Models at Plant Spartanburg.

Spartanburg - 02/13/2019

BMW Group announced today the addition of the first-ever BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M models to the production line-up at Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina. The two all-new vehicles will bring the total number of BMW X models produced in the United States to nine, solidifying the plant’s position as the global center […]

Start of Production Begins for the All-New BMW X7.

Spartanburg, SC - 12/03/2018

Series production for the all-new BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle has started at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg. The BMW X7 will be built alongside the BMW X5 and X6 on the same assembly line. “We are excited to officially add the first-ever BMW X7 to our plant’s portfolio,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of […]

“Driving STEM” at BMW Manufacturing.

Spartanburg, SC - 10/01/2018

During October, BMW Manufacturing will provide a unique educational experience for middle and high school students in the Upstate. “Driving STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) gives students a fascinating look at robotics and manufacturing while also showing them how BMW builds premium vehicles. “If we’re going to develop the future workforce, we need to […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Change.

Spartanburg, SC - 08/30/2018

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Jeffrey Gaudiano has been named the new Vice President of Production Control, Logistics, and VPS. He returns to BMW Manufacturing after spending four years as the Managing Director and CEO of BMW Plant Thailand. Gaudiano succeeds Gerald Degen, who has returned to Germany as the Vice President of Assembly at […]

Homecoming: BMW Plant Spartanburg making final preparations to begin production of all-new BMW X5.

Spartanburg, SC - 07/06/2018

As Americans enjoy the holiday week and prepare for their summer adventures, preparations of a different kind are nearing completion at BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina: the final phases of gearing up for production of the all-new BMW X5, which begins later this summer. Four generations of leadership. As the fourth generation of BMW […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces Hiring for Production and Logistics Positions.

Spartanburg, SC - 03/06/2018

BMW Manufacturing announced today that they are hiring for production and logistics positions at the Spartanburg plant. BMW’s contract staffing partner, MAU, Inc., will be responsible for hiring these new team members. Applicants should attend the job fair at Spartanburg Community College’s Tyger River Campus in Duncan, SC, on Tuesday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m. […]

The All-New 2019 BMW X4. The eye-catching athlete.

Spartanburg, SC - 02/14/2018

Today, the second generation BMW X4 is making its debut as the BMW X4 M40i and the BMW X4 xDrive30i. The 2019 BMW X4 with sportier proportions, with wider tracks, the latest generation suspension settings, a lower center of gravity and improved aerodynamics. The second generation Sports Activity Coupe offers a wide array of new […]

BMW Manufacturing Continues as Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter.

Spartanburg, SC - 02/13/2018

Export Value Totals $8.76 Billion in 2017.

The first BMW X4 takes its leave …

Spartanburg, SC - 02/13/2018

As the first BMW X4 takes its leave, it also marks an anniversary. The 200,000th mid-range Sports Activity Coupé came off the production line at the BMW plant in Spartanburg/USA in January –the productionof the first-generation BMW X4 is scheduled to end in March 2018.

BMW Manufacturing Doubles Size of BMW Scholars Program.

Spartanburg, SC - 01/31/2018

For more than seven years, BMW Manufacturing has offered the BMW Scholars program, an apprenticeship program that educates and trains students to work in the highly-technical environment of advanced manufacturing. Today, BMW Manufacturing announced that it will expand the number of apprentices in its BMW Scholars program to 200, doubling the size of the program. […]

BMW Manufacturing, SC Works to Host Recruitment Event.

Spartanburg, SC - 01/24/2018

BMW Manufacturing and SC Works will host a recruitment event for equipment maintenance technicians on Tuesday, February 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the SC Works office located at 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville. To attend the recruitment event, applicants must first be registered at SC Works will screen applicants to determine eligibility. If […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Change.

Spartanburg, SC - 01/23/2018

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Christine Petrasch has been named the new Vice President of Human Resources.  Petrasch succeeds Johannes Trauth, who has returned to Germany as the Head of HR Services. Christine Petrasch holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and started her career as an IT Consultant for Business Solutions working with the […]

The countdown has begun: first BMW X7 pre-production models roll off the assembly line.

Spartanburg, SC - 12/23/2017

Production of the first pre-production models of the new BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle has commenced at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant, USA. So the countdown has started for the final twelve months leading up to the presentation of the production car at the end of 2018. Prior to this, the vehicle will undergo various […]

Production Milestone: BMW Manufacturing Produces Its 4 Millionth Vehicle.

Spartanburg, SC - 09/08/2017

It all began on September 8, 1994, when Associate Ryan Childers drove the first BMW – a 318i – off the Assembly line. Twenty-three years to the day, BMW Manufacturing has produced its four millionth vehicle, a new BMW X3. The milestone vehicle is a Phytonic Blue Metallic BMW X3 xDrive M40i equipped with Vernasca […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Changes.

Spartanburg, SC - 09/05/2017

Today, BMW Manufacturing announced five new senior management appointments. Sherry McCraw has been named the new Vice President of Assembly. McCraw was one of the first BMW Associates hired at Plant Spartanburg in 1993. She has worked in several areas of assembly production, planning, engineering and technology. Since 2013, she has served as Vice President […]

Success story: BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the US becomes largest production location within 25 years.

Spartanburg, SC - 06/26/2017

The BMW Group has been a committed “local player” in the US market for a quarter-century: On 23 June 1992, the BMW Group announced its decision to build its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Continuous expansion of the plant with extensive additions and the decision to build the successful BMW X models in Spartanburg […]

BMW Manufacturing Remains Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter.

Spartanburg, SC - 02/15/2017

Export Value Totals $9.53 Billion for South Carolina.

BMW Manufacturing Achieves Record Production Year.

Spartanburg, SC - 01/09/2017

For the third consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing recorded its largest annual production, producing 411,171 X models during 2016.  This production record confirms the South Carolina plant will remain the largest plant by volume in the BMW Group global production network.  In addition, the plant exported 287,700 vehicles last year – 70 percent of its total production. […]

Leadership Change at BMW’s South Carolina Plant.

Spartanburg, SC - 10/28/2016

Manfred Erlacher to depart for new role in Germany; Knudt Flor to succeed Erlacher.

BMW Manufacturing Receives Three J.D. Power Awards.

Spartanburg, SC - 08/29/2016

BMW Manufacturing announced today that BMW has received three awards in recent studies conducted by the global marketing information services company J.D. Power. In the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality, the Spartanburg plant (02) received the Silver Plant Award in the Americas Region (North and South America) for […]

BMW Manufacturing Produces 3.5 Millionth Vehicle.

Spartanburg, SC - 05/19/2016

BMW Manufacturing announced today that it has produced the 3.5 millionth BMW made in South Carolina.

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Change.

Spartanburg, SC - 02/16/2016

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Gerald Degen has been named the new Vice President of Logistics and Production Steering for the Spartanburg plant. Degen succeeds Philip Heinrichsdorff, who has returned to Germany to direct material control/delivery assurance for BMW Group.

BMW Manufacturing’s 2015 Export Value Reaches Nearly $10 Billion.

Spartanburg, SC - 02/10/2016

BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2015 totaled $9.8 Billion, confirming the company’s South Carolina facility as the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

2015 Record Production Year: Annual Production Tops 400,000 X-Models.

Spartanburg, SC - 01/11/2016

BMW Manufacturing recorded its largest annual production in 2015. Exactly 400,904 X-models rolled off the line last year making the South Carolina plant the largest volume producer in the company’s global production network. This achievement represents a 15% increase over the production volume for 2014 (349,949). In 2015, the plant exported 70% (281,256) of the total volume to over 140 countries around the globe.

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Changes.

Spartanburg, SC - 09/08/2015

BMW Manufacturing announced today four new senior management appointments. Included in the new management appointments is the formulation of a new management function to oversee project integration to serve the needs of the plant’s future growth.

BMW Celebrates 3 Million Vehicles Produced in SC.

Spartanburg, SC - 03/24/2015

Confirms automaker as largest U.S. automotive exporter. Affirms commitment to U.S. investment. Reinforces 50% capacity increase and hiring. Spartanburg, S.C.  In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather […]

2014 Export Value Surges Past $9 Billion.

Spartaburg, SC - 02/13/2015

BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2014 totaled $9.2 Billion, confirming the company’s South Carolina facility as the leading U.S. automotive exporter. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, this accomplishment represents a 13% increase over BMW’s 2013 value. In […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Changes.

Spartanburg, SC - 11/19/2014

BMW Manufacturing announced today two new senior management appointments. Also, due to recent organizational changes, a new senior management function has been developed to better serve the needs of the plant’s future growth. Mr. Franz Linner has been named Vice President, Supplier Network, Americas. In this new role, Mr. Linner is responsible for supply chain […]

Production of the Second-Generation X6 Sports Activity Coupe Begins.

Spartanburg, SC - 08/01/2014

Production of the second-generation BMW X6 officially began today at the company’s South Carolina plant. The first, new BMW X6 is a Sophisto Gray xDrive 35i. It features Cognac Black Nappa Leather interior and is bound for a BMW dealership in China.

BMW Group Expands its Commitment in the USA.

Spartanburg, SC - 03/28/2014

– Commits US $1 Billion investment by 2016
– Extends X family with new BMW X7
– Increases plant capacity 50% up to 450,000 vehicles
– Creates 800 new jobs
– Starts production of the new BMW X4
– Celebrates 20 years of production in the USA

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Change

Spartanburg, SC - 02/04/2014

Spartanburg, S.C. – February 4, 2014… BMW Manufacturing announced today that Andreas Guecker has been named the new Vice President for Total Vehicle, Quality Management and Engineering.  He succeeds Robert Kuessel who has returned to Germany as Vice President of Assembly at the company’s plant in Dingolfing.  This appointment marks a return for Guecker to […]

BMW Announces Immediate Hiring.

Spartanburg, SC - 11/13/2013

BMW Manufacturing announced today that they are actively hiring production and logistics positions at the Spartanburg plant. As announced in 2012, the company is in the midst of a 2-year, $900 million expansion, adding the all-new BMW X4 and completing construction of an additional1.6 million square feet of production and logistics space.

Manfred Erlacher Assumes New Role as President of BMW Manufacturing.

Spartanburg, SC - 11/11/2013

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Manfred Erlacher, a 29-year veteran with the company, has assumed responsibility for the Spartanburg factory. Erlacher succeeds Josef Kerscher who has returned to Germany to run the plant in Dingolfing.

BMW Expands Export Operation from South Carolina.

Spartanburg, SC - 09/04/2013

As one of the largest automotive exporters in the U.S., BMW has announced the expansion of the company’s export program to emerging markets. Originally announced in 2011 to support export of BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicles to certain countries, BMW will now expand this operation to include the new BMW X5. To support this expansion, […]

BMW Announces Leadership Change at its South Carolina Plant.

Spartanburg, SC - 07/03/2013

Josef Kerscher, who since 2007 has been President of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, South Carolina, will assume new responsibilities as Managing Director of BMW Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria, Germany. Taking over from Kerscher at Spartanburg will be Manfred Erlacher, currently Managing Director of BMW Plant Leipzig in Saxony, Germany. The handover takes place November 1, 2013.

BMW Manufacturing Receives Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series Certification (OHSAS 18001)

Spartanburg, SC - 04/18/2013

Since 1994, BMW Manufacturing has been certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. In 1998, the South Carolina plant followed with certification for ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

BMW Manufacturing Announces Leadership Change McCraw promoted to Vice President, Finance and Production Control

Spartanburg, SC - 02/06/2013

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Sherry Coonse McCraw has been named the new Vice President responsible for Finance and Production Control. She replaces Sean Noonan who will relocate to Munich with planning and steering responsibility for the company’s real estate portfolio. McCraw, a 20-year veteran of BMW’s plant in South Carolina, has been instrumental in leading the plant’s major expansion investments throughout her tenure.

BMW Manufacturing Reports Record Production Volume

Spartanburg, SC - 01/10/2013

BMW Manufacturing achieved another record production year. Annual production of 301,519 vehicles marks 2012 as the highest production volume in the South Carolina plant’s 19-year history. This represents a 9% increase over the production volume for 2011 (276,065). Since 2010, the plant’s production output has increased by 90% (159,284).

BMW Manufacturing Opens Onsite Family Health Center

Spartanburg, SC - 01/08/2013

BMW Manufacturing celebrated the official opening of its new Associate Family Health Center at its South Carolina plant. The Center is a first-class facility, employing highly-trained professionals and offering the latest in healthcare technology. Use of the facility is available to all BMW Associates, eligible retirees and their dependants.

BMW Manufacturing Recognized for Export Success at South Carolina Plant

Spartanburg, SC - 09/20/2012

National Award: For the second consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing has been recognized as the Exporter of the Year by the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ). In addition, the NAFTZ recognized BMW as the recipient of its Export Achievement Award for being the member that showed the most improvement value. As our plant has grown over the years, we have steadily increased our export activity. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, based on the 2011 value of BMW exports from South Carolina, Plant Spartanburg is the nation’s largest automotive exporter to global markets.

BMW Manufacturing’s 2011 Export Value Surges Past $7 Billion

Spartanburg, SC - 03/01/2012

Becomes Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter to the World. In 2011, more than 192,000 BMW Sports Activity Vehicles built at BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg, SC, were exported from the Port of Charleston. BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2011 totaled $7.4 billion, confirming […]

BMW Announces Nearly $900 Million Investment, Adding 300 jobs at its South Carolina Plant in 2012

Spartanburg, SC - 01/12/2012

Celebrates 2,000,000 vehicles produced in U.S. BMW announced today that the company will invest nearly $900 million U.S. dollars and add 300 new jobs in 2012 in its South Carolina plant. This announcement was made during a ceremony to commemorate a major production milestone – 2,000,000 vehicles have rolled off the assembly line since the […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Changes

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 10/05/2011

BMW Manufacturing announced today three new senior management appointments. Robert Kuessel has been named the plant’s new Vice President, Total Vehicle, Quality Management and Engineering, succeeding Carsten Regent who is now assigned to the company’s plant in Leipzig, Germany. Philip Heinrichsdorff has joined the management team in Spartanburg as Vice President, Procurement, replacing Martin Schuebel, […]

BMW Manufacturing Receives Exporter of the Year Award

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 09/29/2011

Remains largest vehicle exporter from the U.S. to non-NAFTA markets. Lewis E. Leibowitz, NAFTZ Board Chairman, presents the 2009 Exporter of the Year Award to Mr. Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Courtney Gregoire, Director of National Export Initiative, International Trade Administration, was also on hand to present the award to […]

BMW Invests in New Workforce Programs, Adds Jobs

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 08/03/2011

Mr. Harald Krueger, BMW Group Board Member responsible for Human Resources, announces new workforce programs at the company’s South Carolina plant. Reinforces the Southeast region of U.S. as a vital producer of automotive jobs. BMW announced today further investment in two new workforce programs and additional jobs. This announcement supports BMW’s commitment to America through […]

BMW President Addresses Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/28/2011

In a speech at the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing announced an additional $100 million investment in the company’s Spartanburg-based factory as well as a new X3 program to further streamline the company’s export operation. “This new investment in our BMW Spartanburg facility will increase our efficiency, make […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces 2010 Export Value: More than $4 Billion Annually

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/16/2011

Remains largest vehicle exporter from the U.S. to non-NAFTA markets. BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2010 totaled $4.42 Billion. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the value of BMW exports confirms the company’s Spartanburg facility as the largest […]


WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 02/06/2011

BMW returned to the Super Bowl broadcast tonight after a 10-year hiatus, unveiling a strategy that forcefully communicates two competitive advantages of BMW. The first commercial is a poignant piece focusing on BMW’s economic commitment in America as told through the voices of the company’s associates at its manufacturing facility in South Carolina. The second […]

BMW Group Commitment in America Continues; Growth of premium segment expected; Production confirmed to increase by 50% to 240,000 units; Company has invested $US one billion between 2008 and 2010; New BMW X3 sets new U.S. benchmark for built-to-order manufacturing

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 10/20/2010

In a program to celebrate the opening of the new 1.2 million square feet BMW manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, BMW Group Chairman Dr.-Ing. Norbert Reithofer announced the plant expansion completes the company’s one billion US dollar investment in the U.S. market between 2008 and 2010. “The U.S. will remain the world’s largest premium […]

BMW Manufacturing Prepares for Another Round of Hiring

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 10/04/2010

As BMW Manufacturing in South Carolina prepares for the global launch of the new BMW X3, it announced today another hiring initiative for 600 more contingent associates bringing the total number of jobs announced in the past 3 months to 1,600. The need for additional workers at the South Carolina plant is driven by continued […]

BMW Manufacturing Increases Workforce

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 07/01/2010

BMW Manufacturing announced today it will bring on board over 500 new contingency associates in the next few months to get ready for production of the next generation BMW X3. This workforce increase also prepares Plant Spartanburg to meet growing demand of other models currently being produced for worldwide markets. The company said workers being […]

BMW Manufacturing Reaches Another Milestone

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 06/08/2010

Celebrates Production of 1 Million BMW X5’s BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina recorded another milestone in their 15 year history as the 1 millionth BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle® rolled off the production line today at BMW Manufacturing Co. The Black Sapphire X5 xDrive 35i with Cinnamon Brown Nevada Leather interior is bound for […]

BMW Manufacturing Launches New X5 New Model includes 4,000 new parts

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/23/2010

More dynamic, efficient, and luxurious than ever, the new BMW X5 continues to strengthen its leading position within the four-wheel drive, premium vehicle segment. The new BMW X5 has a fresh new look and features new engines, drive trains, and thousands of new parts. The associates at BMW Manufacturing have been planning the launch of […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces New Milestone: Exports over One Million Vehicles in first 15 years of South Carolina Plant

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/07/2010

Since announcing its arrival in South Carolina in 1992, BMW Manufacturing announced today that it has surpassed the export of over one million vehicles, 85% of which have gone through the Port of Charleston. Currently, over 70% of the vehicles produced in Spartanburg are exported to over 120 worldwide markets. In 2009, BMW commemorated its […]

BMW Manufacturing Names Human Resources Successor

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/09/2010

Vice President, Kathleen Wall, to Retire Annmarie Higgins has been named successor to BMW Manufacturing’s Vice President of Human Resources, Kathleen Wall, who will retire at the end of 2010. Higgins has spent her entire career with Mitsubishi Polyester Film (formerly Hoechst Celanese). She began her career outside of Houston, TX as a process engineer […]

The New BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/06/2010

2011 X5 models deliver more substance and presence than ever before.This spring, BMW will write the latest chapter in the story of the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle®, the BMW X5. Originally launched for the 2000 model year in late 1999, the BMW X5 permanently changed the automotive landscape. It proved that the driving dynamics, […]

BMW Manufacturing to Add Additional Production Shifts Will Hire Up To 700 Temporary Workers

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 10/09/2009

BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today the addition of two production shifts at the plant in Spartanburg. To support these additional shifts, BMW’s contract agencies, MAU, Inc and Tier One Solutions will be hiring up to 700 workers. “BMW continues to guarantee our plant’s flexibility to efficiently respond to market demand,” stated Josef Kerscher, President of […]


SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 09/08/2009

On September 8, 1994, the first US made BMW 318i rolled off the line in Spartanburg, SC. Today, 15 years to the day later, BMW Manufacturing’s 1.5 millionth vehicle rolled off the line to celebrate 15 years of manufacturing excellence. The 1.5 millionth vehicle, driven in the ceremony by Associate Eileen Huffman, is a 2009 […]


SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 06/16/2009

BMW Manufacturing has won the coveted Supplier Choice Award presented every two years by Automotive News. The award is based on surveys conducted by J.D. Power across the entire automotive supplier industry in the United States. Supplier companies are asked to rate automakers according to key criteria such as openness to new ideas and the […]


SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 06/04/2009

It has been over one year since BMW Manufacturing announced it would invest $750 million in its upstate South Carolina factory to add 1.5 million square feet. Since that time, design, engineering and construction crews have been busy constructing the new 1.2 million square foot assembly facility and have added 80% or 300,000 square feet […]

Economic Impact Study – University of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. - 09/11/2008

BMW Manufacturing Co. has pumped more than $8.8 billion into South Carolina’s economy, leading to the creation statewide of 4.3 jobs for every job created at the Upstate factory, according to a study released Thursday (Sept. 11) by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. The findings of the study reveal […]

Upstate SC Hosts BMW X6 International Press Launch

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/28/2008

More than 500 International writers, reporters and television teams are visiting the Upstate from all over the world. Journalists from Russia, China, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland and many more countries are among the very first to drive the all-new BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe. As the Upstate of South Carolina is home to the exclusive […]

BMW Manufacturing Launches Extended Workforce Strategy

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/21/2008

MW Manufacturing Co. announced today the creation of a new extended workforce program. To execute this program, BMW has engaged Tier One Solutions, a division of MAU, Inc. to hire full-time production and logistics employees. Positions will include competitive pay and a benefits plan comparable with the Upstate market. Tier One Solutions is accepting applications […]

The First-Ever BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 04/05/2008

BMW has once again introduced a ground-breaking idea to the world and the creation of a new segment with the debut of its all-new X6 Sports Activity Coupe. BMW has once again introduced a ground-breaking idea to the world and the creation of a new segment with the debut of its all-new X6 Sports Activity […]

BMW Announces Plant Expansion

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/10/2008

BMW today announced it will invest an additional $750 million in its Upstate South Carolina factory to add 1.5 million square feet and 500 new jobs on site to produce three models and to increase production capacity to 240,000 units by 2012. The investment is the largest ever announced for the Spartanburg County factory, increasing […]


WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 01/02/2008

BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance Entering a new era in the company’s mission to deliver ultimate driving machines that combine superior performance with exemplary fuel economy, the BMW Group will debut two vehicle models equipped with the BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit – the […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. to be Featured on National Geographic Channel’s “Ultimate Factories”

GREER, S.C. - 11/26/2007

BMW Manufacturing Co. will be the subject of the National Geographic Channel’s “Ultimate Factories” television show Thursday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m. ET. The hour-long program will focus on the building of the famous Z4 Roadster and is a one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes tour of the high-tech manufacturing plants that create this world class automobile. The National […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Names New Vice President

GREER, S.C. - 11/01/2007

BMW Manufacturing Co. has named Dr. Carsten Regent vice president for Total Vehicle, Quality Management and Engineering. Regent joined BMW in 1998, working in Assembly at the Munich factory. Since then, he has filled a variety of roles in Planning, Analysis and Quality. He holds a doctorate in manufacturing engineering from Hannover. He and his […]

BMW Manufacturing Ships 100,000th Next Generation X5

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 09/20/2007

BMW Manufacturing Co. today shipped its 100,000th next generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle to a customer, less than one year after the first updated X5 was manufactured at the Upstate South Carolina factory. The 100,000th X5 is going to a customer in Bellevue, Washington. This X5 represents a dual milestone for Plant Spartanburg having achieved […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Receives Supplier Choice Award

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 05/30/2007

Spartanburg-based BMW Manufacturing Co. was awarded a Supplier Choice Award by Automotive News magazine at the publication’s annual manufacturing conference May 17 in Nashville. It is the third Supplier Choice Award that BMW Manufacturing has won (2003, ’04). The awards are given to automakers and OEMs who best encourage – solicit, implement and reward – […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Tours to Cease as New Product Production Begins

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 05/07/2007

BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that it will halt tours of its Spartanburg facility beginning June 1 as the plant prepares for new product production. “This is standard operating procedure and is the same action we took when we began working on the Z4 Roadster and the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle,” said Robert Hitt, Department […]

New BMW Manufacturing Co. President Named

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/30/2007

Josef Kerscher has been named president of BMW Manufacturing Co., succeeding Dr. Clemens Schmitz-Justen, the company announced today. The transition of responsibilities begins April 1. Kerscher, 53, began his career with BMW in 1979 and has served in various positions as group leader and department head at the company’s Landshut plant, as director of Assembly […]

BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Takes Top Honors

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/22/2007

BMW’s X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, built exclusively at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Upstate S.C. for the world, took top honors in the Off-road and SUV category given by Auto Bild magazine. The award was presented last night at the Geneva Auto Show. Auto Bild is one of the world’s premiere automotive publications and named vehicles […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Names Two New Vice Presidents

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/20/2007

BMW Manufacturing Co. has named Martin Schuebel vice president of Procurement and Walter Berkmann vice president of Logistics and Information Technology. Schuebel began his career with BMW in 1985 and has served in various positions as logistical program planner and resident engineer at the company’s Berlin plant, as parts, quality and warranty manager and then […]

Making Way for the New X5

GREER, S.C. - 09/22/2006

The Last of the First Generation X5 Manufactured The last of the first-generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle was produced today at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Upstate South Carolina, making way for production of the next generation X5. The Toledo Blue 3.0is X5 sports a truffle brown leather interior with a dark grain poplar wood trim. […]

BMW Manufacturing to Invest $50 Million in Union County

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 08/08/2006

BMW Manufacturing Co. will invest about $50 million in the LSP Automotive Systems sheet metal stamping facility located in Commerce Park in Union, S.C. LSP will manufacture the molds of a new vehicle that will be produced at BMW Manufacturing beginning in 2008. The molds will be used to produce sheet metal stampings for the […]


WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 08/08/2006

Perfect Blend of Driving Dynamics, Functionality and Exclusivity Its predecessor paved the way for a brand-new type of vehicle. Now the new BMW X5 raises the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) driving experience to an even higher standard. Powerful eight and six-cylinder engines, unique suspension, enhanced BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, as well as a weight-optimized bodyshell […]

New Vice President Named at BMW Manufacturing

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 07/18/2006

Barbara Bergmeier has been named vice president for Assembly at BMW Manufacturing Co. Before joining BMW Manufacturing, Bergmeier worked at BMW’s Research and Development Center in Munich overseeing planning and development of Assembly operations throughout the BMW Group. She joined BMW in 1990 and worked in Logistics, Production Control and Transportation at the Landshut plant […]

BMW to Operate World’s First Automotive Green Paint Shop

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 05/05/2006

BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that it will use recycled methane gas generated by the Palmetto Landfill near Spartanburg to provide energy to its paint shop. BMW is working with long-standing partner Durr Systems of Plymouth, Mich., to modify and upgrade equipment so landfill gas can be used to fuel the paint shop. Durr Systems […]

Production of Z4 Coupe Begins at BMW Manufacturing Co.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/04/2006

Production of the BMW Z4 Coupe and M Series Z4 Coupe began today at BMW Manufacturing Co. The Z4 and M Coupes will be available in dealerships in early summer. As with the Z4 Roadster and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, all Z4 and M Coupes will be built exclusively at BMW Manufacturing, the company’s only […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Undergoes Complex Assembly Restructuring

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/05/2006

After three years of planning and 56 days of intricately coordinated demolition and reconstruction, BMW Manufacturing Co., completed one of the most complex assembly process restructurings ever attempted within the plant, the conversion of the two-line assembly system into a one-line system. The new one-line system allows the assembly of Z4 Roadsters, X5 Sport Activity […]

BMW Manufacturing Produces One Millionth Vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/03/2006

BMW Manufacturing Co., has manufactured its one millionth car, 12 years after the first car rolled off the production line. The millionth vehicle, which came off the line on February 28, 2006, is a Z4 M Roadster in Interlagos Blue with a Champagne Leather individual interior, custom Ash-Walnut wood trim, 18-inch alloy wheels and an […]

Kurfess Presented First BMW Endowed Chair in Manufacturing Integration

CLEMSON, S.C. - 02/22/2006

Clemson University today presented its first Endowed Chair Medallion to Thomas R. Kurfess, the BMW Endowed Chair in Manufacturing Integration. Kurfess joined the Clemson faculty in 2005 to lead the automotive engineering program that is the academic focus of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and to serve as director of the Carroll […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Celebrates 10 Years of Roadster Production

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/14/2006

BMW Manufacturing Co. celebrates the 10th anniversary of the rebirth of its classic roadster this year. BMW was the first automaker to reintroduce a luxury roadster to the public with the Z3 Roadster in 1996, sparking the rebirth of sporty two-seaters. Built at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Upstate South Carolina, the Z3 was the first […]

M Roadster Makes World Debut

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 01/09/2006

The BMW M Roadster is now part of the BMW stable. The motorsports version of the highly successful Z4 Roadster has been much anticipated by BMW enthusiasts. It is based on the newly updated BMW Z4 Roadster, which received a number of enhancements for 2006, not the least of which are the latest Valvetronic, magnesium/aluminum […]

BMW Manufacturing Named ‘Top Plant’ in U.S.

GREER, S.C. - 01/08/2006

BMW Manufacturing has been named a ‘2006 Top Plant’ by Plant Engineering magazine. The Spartanburg-based auto manufacturer is featured on the cover of the Dec. 2006 issue, which is currently on newsstands. The award recognizes U.S. industrial manufacturing facilities for their commitment to productivity, safety and innovation. Square D of Lincoln, Neb. and Toyota of […]

One-Line System Prepares BMW Manufacturing for Future

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 11/16/2005

Demolition begins today in the Z4 Roadster assembly area as BMW Manufacturing Co. moves into the final construction phase to convert from a two-line to one-line production system to prepare the factory for the future. “The one-line system is an exciting development for our plant, and most importantly, for our future,” said President Clemens Schmitz-Justen. […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces Construction Projects

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 10/31/2005

Officials from BMW Manufacturing Co. announced three new construction projects today. The company also updated the public on existing construction projects that relate to the incentive package that was granted to BMW in 2002 when it invested an additional $400 million in the factory and created 400 new jobs. The new projects announced include a […]

S.C. Celebrates One Millionth BMW through Port of Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. - 10/21/2005

South Carolina today celebrated the one millionth BMW shipped through the Port of Charleston, demonstrating the strength of a relationship that began in 1992 when the automaker broke ground in the state on its first U.S. production facility. The millionth BMW was a right-hand drive, Titanium Silver X5 Sports Activity Vehicle destined for Great Britain. […]

First Associate Hired at BMW Manufacturing Co. Retires

GREER, S.C. - 09/13/2005

Carl Flesher, vice president of Corporate Communications and the first person hired at BMW Manufacturing Co. in 1992, has retired. As the first associate at BMW Manufacturing, Flesher introduced BMW to South Carolina and carried the badge numbered 1. At a public reception honoring his retirement, Flesher was presented with the Order of the Palmetto, […]

New Vice President Named at BMW Manufacturing Co.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 07/28/2005

Dr. Thomas Arlt has been named Vice President of Logistics and Information Technology at BMW Manufacturing Co. He replaces Manfred Stoeger, who has assumed responsibility for after sales technical services and market development in Munich. Arlt has most recently been manager of Logistics Product Planning at BMW’s Regensburg plant in Germany where he was responsible […]

BMW Produces 500,000th X5 Sports Activity Vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 06/09/2005

BMW Manufacturing Co. produced its 500,000th X5 Sports Activity Vehicle today, just five and a half years after its market introduction. The milestone vehicle is an X5 3.0d, equipped with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine and outfitted with the BMW Individual Maritime package, consisting of Midnight Blue exterior paint, Walknappa Champagne leather, Mahogany Maritime […]

BMW Zentrum Hours Change to Offer More Factory Tours

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/30/2005

The BMW Zentrum will change its days of operation effective April 2. The Zentrum will now be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., rather than Tuesday through Saturday. This change allows the Zentrum to be more available to its visitors by offering an additional day of guided factory […]

100,000th Z4 rolls off the line

Spartanburg, SC - 11/10/2004

As BMW Manufacturing Co. nears the 10th anniversary of its grand opening, the plant celebrates another milestone as the 100,000th Z4 roadster rolls off the line just two years after production began on the vehicle. The Phoenix Yellow Z4 was completed on November 8, 2004, and will be on display in the plant before being […]

BMW Increases Shipping through Port of Charleston

Charleston, SC - 11/09/2004

Based on a new service agreement between the Port of Charleston and BMW Manufacturing Co., shipping of BMWs through the port will increase, officials for BMW and the S.C. State Ports Authority announced today. “BMW has been a tremendous force for economic development across South Carolina,” said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr., president and CEO of […]

New Vice President Named at BMW Manufacturing Co.

Greer, S.C. - 09/01/2004

Peter Giliam has been named vice president of Total Vehicle Quality Management responsible for engineering and quality at BMW Manufacturing Co. He succeeds Peter Tuennermann, who has returned to Munich to work at BMW’s Research and Innovation Center. Giliam has most recently been general manager of Quality and Launch at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in South […]

New President Named at BMW Manufacturing Co.

Greer, S.C. - 06/29/2004

Professor Dr. Clemens Schmitz-Justen (pronounced: SMITS-HOUSTON) has been named president of BMW Manufacturing Co., succeeding Dr. Helmut Leube (pronounced: LOY-ba) who will become chief executive officer of the BMW Group factory in Munich. The leadership change will occur July 1. Schmitz-Justen has been head of the Painted Body Division in the Research and Innovation Centre […]

Production of BMW X5 4.8is High Performance Model Underway

Greer, S.C. - 04/16/2004

Production of BMW Manufacturing’s newest X5 4.8is high performance Sports Activity Vehicle has begun. The new vehicles will go on sale at dealerships later this month. The X5 4.8is is the new top-of-the-line model in the BMW X5 Series. The model combines sporting and dynamic design elements (double-axle self-leveling; newly-designed front and rear air dam; […]

New Vice President Joins BMW Manufacturing Co.

Greer, S.C. - 03/15/2004

Bernd Koenigsbruegge (pronounced: Kern-ext-brewga) has been named vice president, Body in White at BMW Manufacturing Co. He succeeds Manfred Moser, who has returned to Germany to work at BMW’s Research and Innovation Center in Munich. Koenigsbruegge graduated from Technical University of Aachen/Germany in 1984 with a degree in mechanical engineering and began his career with […]

Production Figures

  •  2019 Production - July
    • X3 Vehicles: 8,118
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,723
    • X5 Vehicles: 10,187
    • X6 Vehicles: 24
    • X7 Vehicles: 3,107
  • Number of jobs – 11,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

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Spartanburg, SC 29304


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