South Carolina’s Newest Education Ambassador Will Drive New BMW X5.

Spartanburg, SC - 05/05/2017

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced Wednesday night at a privately-funded celebration in Columbia, SC, that Erin Fox, an English teacher and coach at Gaffney High School, was named South Carolina Teacher of the Year.  As part of the celebration, BMW Manufacturing, the event’s premier sponsor, handed Ms. Fox the keys to a 2017 Mineral White BMW X5 xDrive35i.  She will drive the X5 during her year-long sabbatical from the classroom as South Carolina’s public education ambassador.

Fox said her driving force are the students she teaches.  “I want my kids to give 100 percent, and I feel like if I give them 100 percent in the classroom, they’ll give it right back to me,” she said.  “Whatever I give to teaching I expect it in return.  And it’s been working well so far.”

“An important part of every child’s future begins in the classroom, and we understand the critical role that teachers play in the success of our youth,” said Max Metcalf, Manager of Government and Community Relations at BMW Manufacturing.  “We at BMW are grateful to all the state’s teachers and their commitment in providing a stimulating environment for our children’s’ education.”

Fox says she has big plans in using the BMW X5.  “We’re going to take this X5 and roll on into Gaffney, then drive it to church in Tryon on Sunday.  Thank you BMW and all the Associates who built this wonderful car.  This is absolutely phenomenal.”

Along with the BMW X5, Fox will receive several gifts including membership to Leadership South Carolina, an award of $25,000 cash from the state Department of Education, attendance to Notre Dame’s prestigious Excellence in Teaching Conference, a set of Michelin tires and a celebratory Jostens ring.

Erin Fox earned her English Education degree from Western Carolina University and received her Master’s in Gifted and Talented Education from Converse College.  She succeeds Jennifer Wise, a math teacher at Hand Middle School in Richland County District One.

BMW Manufacturing currently produces more than 1,400 vehicles each day. The factory is the exclusive producer of all BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes (and their variants) to 140 global markets.  Last year, the Spartanburg plant produced 411,171 vehicles, making it the largest BMW plant in the world by volume.  The Plant has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles and employs nearly 9,000.


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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 X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  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; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based 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 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 152 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 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.

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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

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