The BMW Manufacturing facility in Greer has informed associates and suppliers it will be closed early Thursday and to call in the morning to determine when the plant will resume shifts. An expected half-foot of snow or more was forecast in the Upstate.
The Greer Inland Port has not made a decision but expects to announce its operating schedule this evening. The port will follow closely BMW’s closing and re-opening.
A site operations center has been approved by the South Carolina Ports Authority to be built on the BMW campus in Greer.
BMW leases the industrial site from the SCPA, and as the landowner SCPA will manage the construction process of the facility, according to the announcement made in Charleston. The project is estimated to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
BMW Manufacturing Co. of Greer announced Friday that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2014 totaled $9.2 billion, confirming the company as the leading U.S. automotive exporter.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, this accomplishment represents a 13 percent increase over BMW’s 2013 value. In 2014, more than 260,000 vehicles were exported from its Greer plant, over 70 percent of the plant’s total volume.
A traffic circle has been approved for North McElhaney Road where it meets Highway 101 at the Lake Cunningham Fire Department, according to Rep. Tommy Stringer of District 18.
Stringer said the Department of Transportation approved the funding and also noted state and federal funds had been approved to replace the washed out bridge on Memorial Drive Extension. Work begins there later this month.
Stringer addressed Greer Leadership Class XXXV on its visit to the state house last week at the Greer Legislative Day in Columbia with the two traffic projects noted in a statement presented to the class.
The DOT’s rationale on the Blue Ridge roundabout, according to Stringer, is “The federal government gave (SCDOT) a grant to be used only for a safety improvement project. This means that the federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost and the state will pay 10 percent of the cost. Well ... that means that they will borrow 90 percent,” Stringer stated.
“DOT determined that this particular place on 101 met the requirements of the grant. According to their numbers, 32 accidents have happened at that junction in the last (six) years. I reminded them that stoplights had been installed since then. I asked DOT if they had the accident count starting just three years back. They are researching those facts,” according to Stringer.
The City of Greer has committed $1 million to the Partnership For Tomorrow for its 5-year master plan and economic development.
Mayor Rick Danner and City Administrator Ed Driggers made the historic and surprising announcement at a packed Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon at the City Hall events venue. Danner’s address on the value of collaboration and why partnerships work set up the huge economic announcement.
Volunteer registration and ticket sales have begun for the BMW Charity Pro-Am scheduled May 14-17 at Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee and Green Valley Country Club.
Volunteer registration, ticket sales and the selling of teams in the tournament’s one-day pro-am events aid are ways charities raise funds. The tournament sets 1,000 volunteers as its goal.