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BMW to present more big news for Greer. Watch it live

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Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

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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.
 

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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.

Graham confirmed the planned announcement. “A lot of good things are happening in Spartanburg County . . . and now the X7 will be built here,” Graham said. “This is really becoming a center for manufacturing.”

Reportedly, the announcement will address:

• X7, a new BMW SAV to compete against the Cadillac Escalade and GL class of Mercedes.

• A new 675,000 square-foot body shop.

• Future energy center adjacent to the new building.

• A new road to provide direct access from I-85 off Brockman McClimon Road.

• 4,200 square foot analysis center.

• Relocation of facility’s construction contractor yard to an area at Brockman McClimon Road and Highway 101.

The list of speakers illustrates the magnitude of the announcement:

• BMW Group Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer

• U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

• South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

• BMW Group Board Member Harald Krueger - head of the global production network

• Manfred Erlacher - President, BMW Manufacturing.

 

 

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