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, who will return to Munich. A new department responsible for the plant’s development coordination and steering has been created and will be led by Sherry McCraw.

Kuessel began his BMW career in 2000 as a Senior Electrical Specialist responsible for various projects in the Oxford and Goodwood Plants. Most recently, Kuessel was Vice President of Quality and Research and Development at the company’s plant in Shenyang, China. Kuessel earned a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Aachen, Germany.

In 1999, Heinrichsdorff began his career with BMW in Logistical Planning. Since then, he has managed the successful start-up of the BMW 1 Series and was responsible for supply chain management at the FIZ, BMW’s Research and Innovation Center in Munich. Since 2010, Heinrichsdorff has directed the logistics systems and processes concept used in the X3 Assembly Hall in Spartanburg. He earned a Master degree from the Technische Universität Berlin.

McCraw, an 18-year veteran of BMW Manufacturing, has been instrumental in every structural project inside the Spartanburg plant. Most recently, she led the plant’s X3 expansion efforts to oversee the construction of the factory’s new, 1.2 million square foot Assembly Hall which opened in October 2010. McCraw, who has spent several years in Munich, holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from North Carolina State University, where she was a merit scholar.

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. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 110 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 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.

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

Media Contacts

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


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