With BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, BMW has become America’s biggest auto export. First opened in 1994, the facility has set an example to the auto industry on how to build vehicles in the U.S. at a reasonable cost.
In the two decades since, other manufacturers have followed in BMW’s footsteps building more facilities in the southern United States, and even more in Detroit, too.
Now, with a new expansion in the works, the Spartanburg facility will employ 8,800 people by 2016 and will increase its output to as many as 450,000 cars a year.
Spartanburg produces nearly all of BMW’s sport utility vehicles, including the X3, X4, X5, X6, and X7. Out of all the vehicles produced, nearly 70 percent are exported to more than 140 countries around the world.
“Spartanburg can compete with any German plant in terms of quality and efficiency now,” said Manfred Erlacher, new Spartanburg factory chief, to Bloomberg.
Not only has the BMW facility benefited the company, but South Carolina and the United States has a whole has seem numerous economic benefits.
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