BMW Manufacturing Named ‘Top Plant’ in U.S.
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 Georgetown, Ky. were also named Top Plants.
“We created the Top Plant awards to share the best in manufacturing strategy with our readers, and we believe this year’s recipients provide a blueprint on how to empower workers and build manufacturing processes that lead to excellence,” said Plant Engineering publisher Jim Langhenry.
“There are many differences in these facilities, but they all have one thing in common – an unwavering commitment to their employees and to the markets they serve,” said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra.
BMW Manufacturing was specifically awarded for converting its assembly line to a single line system without any layoffs. Its use of recycled landfill methane gas to provide more than half of the plant’s energy needs – enough energy to heat 15,000 homes and a $1 million savings to the company – was also cited.
BMW Manufacturing Co., a subsidiary of the BMW Group based in Munich, Germany, is the exclusive manufacturer of the Z4 and M Roadster, Z4 and M Coupe in addition to the X5. Its website address is www.bmwusfactory.com. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW’s North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America, and a design firm in California.