CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The 2-millionth BMW exported from the auto manufacturer’s sprawling South Carolina plant is being shipped to Germany.
A group of South Carolina Ports Authority and BMW officials were on hand Thursday as the metallic gray BMW X-5 was driven aboard an auto carrier ship at a dock in downtown Charleston.
The BMW plant in Greer opened in 1994 and is now the biggest manufacturing plant in the BMW network. The Port of Charleston played a large part in recruiting BMW to South Carolina and it exports nearly 70% of all BMW cars manufactured in the state.
State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said the company has had a huge impact on the state, directly employing 8,000 and investing $7 billion over the years.
BMW exported almost $10 billion worth of vehicles from its Greer plant last year, remaining the nation’s leading vehicle exporter in terms of the value of vehicles.