A record 287,700 BMW X models were exported from the BMW Manufacturing plant in Greer in 2016.
Approximately 86 percent of the sports activity vehicles and coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of $9.53 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. That makes the facility the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.
BMW is recalling more than 230,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. Thirteen automakers are among the latest recall for more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S.
The BMW recall covers certain 3 series cars from 2000 to 2002, some 5 series cars from 2001 to 2002, and some X5 SUVs from 2001 to 2003.
BMW could face tariffs of up to 35 percent for its plans to produce vehicles in Mexico, according to threats from President-elect Donald Trump.
The three German carmakers are investing greatly in Mexico but also manufacture in the United States.
BMW Manufacturing celebrated Clemson University’s national championship in a special way – lighting the BMW Zentrum at night in orange and purple.
The special lighting will continue through Monday night.
BMW Manufacturing recorded its largest annual production, producing 411,171 X models during 2016 at its Greer plant.
This production record confirms the Greer plant will remain the largest plant by volume in the BMW global production network. In addition, the plant exported 287,700 vehicles last year – 70 percent of its total production.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am, conducted annually at three courses across the Upstate, was awarded with the Web.com Tour’s “Best Player Experience Award” at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Meetings last week in Las Vegas.
“For the second consecutive year, I am honored to present the BMW Charity Pro-Am with this wonderful award, which was voted on by the most important constituents – our players,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee. “The tournament team and title sponsor BMW have always worked to present a full week of innovative initiatives and activities to make the tournament a special stop for our players and their families, and we’re pleased the players have rewarded their efforts with this honor.”
Magna International, a BMW supplier, is adding its fourth South Carolina plant that will also bring 480 jobs in the next four years.
The new, $29 million, 230,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in June 2017, will be built on a 20-acre site in the Tyger River Industrial Park on Highway 290 and Anderson Mill Road.
About 100 BMW cars assembled at the BMW Manufacturing facility in Greer were damaged Sunday when a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Jenkinsville in Fairfield County.
The train was about 85 miles from Greer on its way to Charleston when two locomotives derailed on Highway 215 about 3 p.m.
The Thornblade Club and The Preserve at Verdae will again serve as host courses for the BMW Charity Pro-Am tournament in 2017, and The Furman University Golf Club was unveiled a new third location for the event.
“The 2017 tournament will take place May 18 -21, and will once again bring great golf, entertainment, and our focus on charitable giving to the Upstate,” said Bob Nitto, president, BMW Charity Pro.
Manfred Erlacher, who has been President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing in Greer for three years, will assume new responsibilities as the Managing Director of BMW Plant Regensburg beginning February 2017.
Succeeding Erlacher will be Knudt Flor, currently responsible for BMW Group Corporate Quality. The handover takes place Dec. 1.
As the Greer Inland Port continues to set new rail moves records each month a decision is being made where expansion should occur and when.
Rail volume at the port increased 18.6 percent during the first quarter, with 26,216 moves handled since July, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced today.
BMW will reopen the iconic Zentrum museum, located in Greer beside the largest BMW plant in the world, to the public on Monday.
Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, and Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America, celebrated the reopening by unveiling the restored classic BMW 507 once owned by the “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley. It will be at the museum until spring 2017.
BMW Manufacturing Co. saw sales of its X brand vehicles fall 32.7 percent last month (6,156) versus July 2015 (9,151).
Year to date X brand units are off 7.4 percent compared to 2015 year to date. BMW sold 54,338 vehicles this year compared to 58,689 in 2015.
The "cool cats" of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra Jazz Quartet will take Summer Lollipop-goers on a smooth, musical trip that introduces them to the great American art form known as "jazz," including its origins as well as how this genre has grown in popularity and appreciation.
Two performances will be offered: a "twilight" concert at the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville on Monday, August 1 at 7 p.m., and an afternoon concert at the Central-Clemson Regional Library in Central on Tuesday, August 2 at 2:30 p.m.
BMW Group has called Greer home since the first car rolled off the assembly line in 1994. On Monday, BMW Associates welcomed another family home to Greer with the dedication of the Habitat home the organization has built for the Catherine Lee family.
The home was constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg.
Kay Angone Finley received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others and community service. The Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Kettlebells for a Cure, where Finley volunteers.
“The Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award celebrates the spirit of service and commitment to communities where we live, work and do business.” said Bob Holden, Field Senior Vice President for Allstate’s Southeast region.
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board of Directors has allocated $1.6 million to expand the Inland Port at Greer in fiscal year 2017.
The expansion will extend the port’s operation west near Moore Avenue. An additional $600,000 has been allocated for FY 2018 to complete the expansion for a $2.2 million investment.
BMW is recalling about 189,000 X3 and X4 vehicles in the United States because the child seat anchors may become damaged and won’t hold the seat properly.
BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer produces the X3 and X4. The recall covers certain X3s from the 2011 to 2017 model years, and some X4s from 2015 through 2017.
BMW Manufacturing announced Monday the graduation of its fifth class of BMW Scholars. The 30 graduates were hired as full-time production, automotive, logistics, and equipment service associates.
“Developing the future workforce is critical to the continued growth and success of our company,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing.