U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer today and said the Upstate has become a model for reinvigorating manufacturing, driving innovation, and boosting global competitiveness.
Blank toured the X3 assembly line and delivered prepared remarks, leading the charge for the federal government’s role in spearheading increased manufacturing in the U.S. and its resulting jobs. She referenced growing a skilled workforce via education through technical colleges similar to those in Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson counties.
Blank’s trip comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday and his visit to Asheville Wednesday, to a nearby Canadian engine parts factory, promoting the resurgence of American manufacturing.
The text of Blank’s remarks are here.
Sherry Coonse McCraw has been named the new Vice President responsible for Finance and Production Control at BMW Manufacturing Co., in Greer. She replaces Sean Noonan who will relocate to Munich with planning and steering responsibility for the company’s real estate portfolio.
McCraw, a 20-year veteran of BMW’s plant, has been instrumental in leading the plant’s major expansion investments throughout her tenure. Most recently, she managed the company’s $900 million investment to add 1.6 million square feet to the plant’s 4.0 million square foot footprint. This investment, which was announced in early 2012, will add a new model to the plant and increase the overall annual volume to 350,000 units by the end of 2014. In her new role, McCraw will continue to oversee the plant’s investment and expansion efforts.
U.S. Senator Tim Scott visited BMW’s manufacturing facility in Greer last week.
Scott met with the company’s management team, toured the plant and reviewed BMW’s expansion plans for the 4 million square foot campus. The company is investing $900 million to add 1.6 million square feet of production and logistics space and increase its production volume to 350,000 units annually by the end of 2014.
Greer’s BMW Manufacturing Co.-assembled X3, X5, and X6 vehicles continued to show strong growth and lead BMW brand units to a 0.7 percent increase in January. Sales last month were 16,513 vehicles compared to 16,405 sold in January 2012.
The X3 SAV – on sale in the U.S. for two years – is up 18.9 percent to 2,005 units; the X5 SAV, up 56.5 percent to 4,084 units and the X6 SAV is up 34.8 percent to 380 units.