BMW US Manufacturing Company

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Coordinates: 34°53′35″N 82°10′44″W / 34.89306°N 82.17889°W / 34.89306; -82.17889

BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC
Limited liability company
Industry Automotive
Founded 1992 (1992), Greer, South Carolina[1]
Headquarters Greer, South Carolina, United States
Area served
Key people
Knudt Flor (President)[1]
Products BMW X3, BMW X4, BMW X5, BMW X6
Owner BMW
Number of employees
8,000 [2]

The BMW US Manufacturing Company is a vehicle assembly facility that is part of the BMW Group and is located in Greer, South Carolina;[3] it is BMW's only assembly plant in the United States. The plant's principal purpose is to assemble certain BMW models for the world market. It does not assemble all the BMW models sold in the U.S. market. The plant is currently BMW's sole global production site for X3, X4, X5, and X6 cross-over SUVs. These models are exported from BMW Spartanburg.

BMW Zentrum Spartanburg (visitor center)

Assembly plant[edit]

BMW announced in 1992 that it would build a 1,150-acre (4.7 km2) manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States to strengthen its international production system. The plant opened in 1994.[4]

The $2.2 billion plant, which employs 8,000, is one of the company’s global five-plant production network.

In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW's North American companies include sale, marketing, design, and financial services operations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as throughout Latin America.

The automaker announced in 2014 an additional $1 billion investment in the facility that will make South Carolina BMW's largest US factory, with an annual capacity of 450,000 units[5] when including the X7.[6] There were 364,000 vehicles produced in 2014, of which 70% were exported to 140 countries.[4] The plant is second only to the plant in Dingolfing, Germany in BMW vehicle production.[7]

A nearby dry inland port, 200 miles from the port of Charleston, handles many of the plant's needs for cargo and finished vehicles. In 2015, 250,000 new cars were sent by rail from BMW Greer to Charleston port.[6] Some air freight is also used.[8]

Previous products[edit]

  • Z4 (1st generation 2003–2008, 2nd generation assembly was transferred to Regensburg, Germany in 2008)
    • Roadster
    • M Roadster
    • Coupe
    • M Coupe
  • Z3 (1995–2002)
    • Roadster
    • M Roadster
    • Coupe
    • M Coupe
  • E36 3 Series (1994–1996, BMW Plant Spartanburg was not the sole producer of the models listed below)
    • 318i Sedan (1994–1995)
    • 318is Coupe (1994–1995)
    • 328i Sedan (1996)


  1. ^ a b "Company Overview of BMW Manufacturing Co.". Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Production Overview - Stats and Information". BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Directions to BMW Plant". BMW Manufacturing. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "BMW Plant Spartanburg leads U.S. auto exports". Roundel. BMW Car Club of America: 30. April 2015. ISSN 0889-3225. 
  5. ^ Kurylko, Diana T. (28 March 2014). "BMW's Spartanburg plant will be company's biggest". Automotive News. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Greg Thompson (30 September 2016). "BMW and Greer: A port far from any storms". Automotive Logistics. Retrieved 6 April 2017. That Charleston facility now sees approximately 5,000 finished vehicles per week arriving via Norfolk Southern along a rail line that starts at the end of the BMW assembly line and testing centre in Greer. Of the 285,000 finished vehicles exported by the OEM from the plant during 2015, Charleston port was the point of departure for some 250,000 units. 
  7. ^ "Spartanburg's Number Two in BMW plant production". Roundel. BMW Car Club of America: 31. April 2015. ISSN 0889-3225. 
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