BMW Group will spend more than $200 million to build a 219,000-square-foot press shop at its South Carolina facility with nore than 200 new jobs created.
The statement was made by BMW Manufacturing President and CEO Robert Engelhorn at the South Carolina Automotive Summit in Greenville.
The new press shop, which will begin production in the summer of 2024, will take raw steel coils and cut them into blanks before stamping sheet metal parts for BMW X models.
Those components comprise hang-on parts such as the vehicle’s four doors, fenders, exterior body sides, and liftgate.
Engelhorn said: “The BMW Group is known worldwide for the outstanding quality produced by its press shops. We are excited to add this new technology to Plant Spartanburg,”
He added: “This investment reinforces BMW Group’s commitment in the United States and South Carolina. We continue to play a major role in the region’s economic strength as well as workforce development and job training.”
A state-of-the-art press shop means advanced-level manufacturing jobs. Tool and die, technicians, electrical and mechanical maintenance for automated machinery and specialized line operators will all be needed,
More than 45 Plant Spartanburg associates are presently training at BMW Group press shops in Leipzig, Germany, and Swindon, UK.
These associates also train with partners from the Schuler Group, which manufactures automatic servo press lines for all BMW Group plants.
While Schuler will manufacture the automated press line, all tooling for Plant Spartanburg’s press shop will come from BMW tool shops in Eisenach, Munich, and Dingolfing.
Since 1992, the BMW Group has invested closely $12 billion in its South Carolina factory.
BMW Manufacturing is the largest BMW Group plant in the world, making more than 1,500 vehicles each day and 433,810 vehicles in 2021, a record.
The factory has an annual production capacity of up to 450,000 vehicles and employs more than 11,000 people.