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

Spartanburg, SC - 02/06/2013

Spartanburg, S.C. – February 6, 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. Most recently, she managed the company’s $900 million investment to add 1.6 million square feet to the plant’s 4.0 million square foot footprint. This investment, which was announced in early 2012, will add a new model to the plant and increase the overall annual volume to 350,000 units by the end of 2014. In her new role, McCraw will continue to oversee the plant’s investment and expansion efforts.

“Sherry has devoted her entire career to engineering and planning in the manufacturing industry. Her experience will be a great asset to BMW’s senior management team,” said Josef Kerscher, President, BMW Manufacturing Co.

 Prior to BMW, Sherry worked as a Material Handling Engineer for Sara Lee Knit Products in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1990, Sherry received a B.S. Degree in Textile Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, where she was a Coffee Foundation Academic Scholar and a University Academic Merit Scholar. Sherry is married to Kevin McCraw, who also works for BMW. They have one daughter.

BMW’s plant in Spartanburg currently produces over 1,000 vehicles each day and is the exclusive manufacturer of X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and the X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In 2012, the plant produced 301,519 vehicles, a record year in the company’s history. BMW in South Carolina exports approximately 70% of its vehicles to more than 130 global markets, making the company the largest U.S. automotive exporter to the world.

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany and is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW Group North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm and technology office in California. For more information on BMW Manufacturing, visit

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 115 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

Media Contacts

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


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