Germany-based luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled its plans to invest $600m to expand its Spartanburg manufacturing plant in South Carolina, US.
The investment, which will take place over the four-year period, will create approximately 1,000 new jobs. The car company will separately invest $200m over the next five years to train the staff at the site.
Claimed to be the largest BMW production facility worldwide, the South Carolina plant produced more than 411,000 X models in 2016. The Spartanburg plant employs more than 9,000 people.
BMW CEO Harald Krüger said: “The BMW Group’s success story in the US would not have been possible without the open arms and warm hearts of the people and elected officials in the great state of South Carolina and the surrounding region.
“Our relationship with South Carolina has been built upon decades of professionalism, mutual trust and respect – and goes far beyond just building great cars.”
South Carolina governor Henry McMaster said: “BMW is the company that, in many ways, put South Carolina on the map when its leadership decided to build its first North American manufacturing facility in the state a quarter century ago.
“Today’s celebration is the culmination of the hard work of so many, and the fact that one of our most valued corporate citizens is continuing to invest in South Carolinians is a testament to the excellence and innovation this partnership has fostered for decades, and will continue to for many more.”