Spartanburg, South Carolina – BMW has announced it will invest an additional US$750 million in its South Carolina factory, adding 1.5 million square feet and 500 new jobs to produce three models. Production capacity will increase from 160,000 units to 240,000 units by 2012. It is the largest investment ever announced for the facility.
After expansion, the plant will manufacture the X3, X5 and X6 and their respective variants for world markets. The project includes construction of a new assembly facility, expansion of the paint shop and renovation of the body shop.
The company announced production of the current facility in 1992 with a US$600 million investment. Employment reached 2,000 workers in 2000 and 4,600 by 2004; at the beginning of 2008, the on-site workforce consisted of more than 5,400 company and contract workers.