BMW Manufacturing of Greer achieved another record production year. Annual production of 301,519 vehicles marks 2012 as the highest production volume in the South Carolina plant’s 19-year history.
This represents a 9 percent increase over the production volume for 2011 (276,065). Since 2010, the plant’s production output has increased by 90 percent (159,284).
“Our Associates are very committed to building quality products for the world. Our customers recognize that and are responding positively,” said Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing Co. “In order to sustain our success, we must continue to be flexible and competitive."
In January 2012, the company announced a $900 million investment to expand the plant’s manufacturing footprint by 1.6 million square feet, add another vehicle model and increase the plant's overall annual volume to 350,000 units.
Construction projects related to the plant expansion include:
• 170,000 square foot body shop expansion
• New 300,000 square foot body shop
• 650,000 square foot paint shop
• ·Approximately 400,000 square feet of new logistics and warehouse space
• Several on-site modifications to existing facilities
All construction projects are underway.
BMW Manufacturing Co. opened a $5 million, 25,000 square foot Family Health Center on its campus in GreerToday for its employees, retirees and their families.
The onsite family pharmacy was relocated to the new facility and joined by occupational, primary care services, as well as vision, dental and physical therapy. Health coaches are available and Dimensions, a voluntary diabetes patient education program in place since 2008, is on site.
Greer’s BMW Manufacturing Co. production of the X3 helped vault the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) to its best sales since the previous record year of 2007 retailing 347,583 vehicles, up 13.8 percent compared to the 305,418 vehicles sold in 2011.
BMW Group reported December sales of 43,855 vehicles, an increase of 34.8 percent from the 32,545 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.
The X3 sales increased 26.6 percent to 35,173 units in 2012. Other best performing vehicles for 2012 included the 5 Series, up 10.3 percent to 56,798 units and the 6 Series, up 110.3 percent to 8,208 units.
“To turn months of critically short supply into the best year ever for the BMW Group in the U.S. is a monumental achievement, emphasizing what a customer-oriented dealer network with an agile logistics team can do,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “The post-recession sales momentum that started in 2010 reached an unprecedented level in December, making us strongly confident and optimistic as we enter 2013.”
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 39.4 percent in December for a total of 37,399 compared to 26,834 vehicles sold in December 2011. For the year, BMW brand sales were up 13.5 percent to 281,460 vehicles compared to 247,907 sold 2011.