First class of BMW Scholars Graduate

Spartanburg, SC - 06/18/2012


BMW Manufacturing accepting applications for fall semester.

In a ceremony held at BMW Manufacturing, the inaugural class of 14 BMW Scholars recently graduated and were officially hired as full-time BMW production and equipment service associates.

Together with partners from Greenville Technical College, Spartanburg Community College and Tri-County Technical College, BMW’s President Josef Kerscher celebrated the recruitment program saying, “Future development of the manufacturing workforce in the Upstate is part of our long-term sustainability strategy and commitment to education. As today’s event signifies, the BMW Scholars Program has proven itself to be a successful recruitment tool.”

The South Carolina plant launched the BMW Scholars in August 2011 and has recruited over 30 Scholars, with another 35 planned to onboard this fall. For technical college students enrolled in various career paths related to manufacturing technology, the BMW Scholars Program offers the workplace benefits of a traditional apprentice program found in Germany with the additional advantage of tuition and book assistance. According to Kerscher, “This is a great example of how collaboration between the educational and manufacturing sector leads to far better outcomes for our next generation.”

Through the three participating technical colleges, BMW is accepting applications for fall enrollment in the program. If you are a student beginning or in your first semester and have a GPA of 2.8 or above, you can contact:

  •     Spartanburg Community College – Kathy McKinzie, (864) 592-4808
  •     Greenville Technical College – Sandra Hartsell, (864) 250-8049 or Susan Gasque (864) 250-8105
  •     Tri-County Technical College – Glenn Hellenga (864) 646-1585

BMW Manufacturing Co.

BMW Manufacturing Co. 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 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

  • 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

Sky Foster

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


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