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Greer leaders' thoughts on BMW's $1 billion expansion
MAR 29, 2014

Left to right: Rep. Tommy Stringer, Ken Harper, Countybank, Ed Driggers, City Administrator, and Mayor Rick Danner.
 

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$1 billion, X7, 800 jobs is BMW announcement heard around the world
MAR 28, 2014

The $1 billion investment will mean 800 more jobs, 450,000 capacity a year by 2016 and production of the X4 begins for July exports. The X7 SAV is a high-end vehicle of the future. Left to right: Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board for BMW Group,  U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, BMW Group Board member for Production, Harald Krüger, and President of BMW Manufacturing in Greer, Manfred Erlacher.
 
 
 

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Study: $16.6 billion is BMW annual impact in South Carolina
MAR 28, 2014

A new study just released by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, reports that the BMW Group has a $16.6 billion annual impact on the state economy. Its presence in South Carolina supports more than 30,000 jobs throughout the state.

The study found that for every job created at the Greer plant, an additional three jobs are created elsewhere in South Carolina through the economic multiplier effect.

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BMW to present more big news for Greer. Watch it live
MAR 28, 2014

BMW is scheduled to announce that the X7, a full-sized SAV, will be built in Greer. A 675,000 square-foot body shop will be part of the company's expansion that is expected to produce 400,000 vehicles a year.
 

 Click here to watch 1 p.m. announcement

A new BMW model, X7, confirmed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, and additional significant expansion is scheduled to be announced Friday at 1 p.m. by BMW Group at the Greer manufacturing plant.

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Inland Port receives Economic Development Impact Award
MAR 28, 2014

Containers, empty and occupied, form a wall between the rubber tiered gantry cranes. Empty containers may be stacked eight high and filled containers are limited to seven.
 
 
 

The SC Inland Port (SCIP) in Greer received the Economic Development Impact Award at the Upstate Alliance's annual meeting.

The annual award recognizes a public or private sector project that strengthens the Upstate business climate and enhances the area's marketability to prospective industry, resulting in an overall positive impact to the economic development efforts of the region.

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Greer Fire Department is celebrating centennial anniversary
MAR 26, 2014

Fire Department Captains wait their turn to present the 2013 annual report to City Council Tuesday.
 

The Greer Fire Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a specially designed badge.

Greer’s fire department was organized Nov. 1, 1914 after the city put in a citywide water system. The first fire chief of record was Mack Fowler. The first fire truck was bought in 1919.

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BMW officials give clues to next week's announcement in Greer
MAR 19, 2014

Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW, presented an aggressive plan for sales and growth Monday  in Munich. He will be in Greer next Friday to make a significant economic and product announcement.
 

BMW officials are expected to announce substantially increased vehicle production and possibly another expansion at the Greer manufacturing plant next week. The expansion would include hundreds of more jobs.

Greer’s Inland Port could also benefit from the increased Norfolk Southern rail traffic and the BMW warehouse adjacent to the port could also be affected by the announcement.

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Delays at railroad crossings, port landscape modifications noted
MAR 4, 2014

City Councilman Jay Arrowood said landscaping along Moore Street was to include a berm that would obstruct the view of the tracks at street level (left) and thus help reduce some noise.

The Inland Port has some unfinished landscaping along Moore Street and Norfolk Southern trains are causing longer than planned delays at city crossings, according to city staff and a city council member.

City Councilman Jay Arrowood first spoke out on these two topics more than a ago to GreerToday.com, at the time the nearly $50 million South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA) declared the port complete and operational with a grand opening in Greer. City Administrator Ed Driggers addressed those two topics at last Tuesday’s council meeting, confirming Arrowood’s concerns.

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