More expansion at BMW Manufacturing Corp.
BMW’s Spartanburg County manufacturing facilities will grow by another 108,000 square feet with an additional investment of more than $50 million during the next 12 months.
At a total investment of $1.2 billion, the BMW site was expanded from 1.2 million square feet in 1996 to more than 2.1 million square feet in 1999. The new investments and expansion will increase the investment to $1.26 billion and 2.3 million square feet.
An additional 18,000 square feet will be added to an existing structure at a cost of $16 million to house communications and data service systems. And a new 90,000-square-foot automated warehouse/sequencing center is being constructed at a cost of about $37 million.
“As the production areas expand to meet future product demand, so must the support areas. This latest expansion includes additional space for computer and telecommunications, and an automated warehouse for conveyor handling of sequenced parts,” said Robert M. Hitt, BMW’s manager of Public Affairs.
In 1999, BMW completed construction and began operations of two new areas at the Spartanburg facilities. A new engineering Analysis Center came on line in the spring.
The $16.6 million Analysis Center is a 60,000 square foot building adjacent to the plant. The new center provides the capability to better integrate the engineering and manufacturing functions. The facility includes testing laboratories for electrical analysis, endurance and reliability, noise reduction and road simulation.
In addition, the $12.5 million, 60,000-square-foot BMW Performance center is slated to open later this summer on an adjacent 134-acre site across SC 101 from the factory.