BMW To Expand in South Carolina

By Michelle Krebs March 11, 2008

2009_bmw_x6_153 BMW will spend $750 million to expand its South Carolina production plant and create 500 jobs to produce the next-generation X3 as well as the X5 and X6, the company said.

The plant is already the exclusive source for the X3 and X5 sport-utilities. The expansion will accommodate the next-generation X3 as well as the X6 sports coupe unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January. The X6 will be made exclusively in South Carolina.

BMW will add 1.2 million square feet of production space. Already BMW has started to expand the plant’s paint shop.

The expansion of the German automaker’s U.S. manufacturing operation is being done, in part, to offset the weak American dollar, which makes manufacturing in the States, one of BMW’s largest markets, more financially advantageous.

At the same time BMW announced a couple of weeks ago it would cut 5,000 jobs in Germany and 600 elsewhere, or 7.5 percent of its work force over two years to improve its profit margins, pushing them closer to those earned by rival Mercedes-Benz.

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William E Cottonham says: 8:14 AM, 05.02.08

I am currently living in Dover New Hampshire, and I am a huge Bmw enthusiast, thats why the news of expanding youre pant jumped out at me I would love to be a part of this team, I have (20) years of experience in the production field, including running a assembly line, that produced, bumpers and airbag covers for GM. So with that being said, I hope to here from some one regarding, job opportunitys, and ways to apply for the positions. And yes BMW's are the ultimate driviing machines.

William E Cottonham, Jr.

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