Page Overview: Location Spartanburg
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Stunning natural beauty, fine dining, a vibrant cultural scene, and family-friendly communities have earned Spartanburg its title as one of four “booming locales to find a job and live easily” by Money Magazine.
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Located near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, BMW Manufacturing employs more than 11,000 Team Members to produce all variants of the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe on the 1,150-acre campus.
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The 84,000 square foot facility includes six secure research zones, IT operations center and research lab. Information technology plays a key role in customer relevant innovations for the vehicle and efficiencies in the associated business processes.


Life in Spartanburg and Upstate South Carolina.

Spartanburg is located in Upstate South Carolina and is 30 miles from Greenville. Both towns are located two-thirds of the way between Atlanta and Charlotte on the Interstate 85 corridor.

The region is a major innovation hub and is home to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, of which BMW’s partner Clemson University and the ITRC have become one of the epicenters.

Upstate South Carolina enjoys long hot summers and mild winters. Breathtaking scenery and National Parks make both cities an Eldorado for sports and nature lovers.

Bike friendly Spartanburg (municipal population 37,000 and urban population of 181,000) has many parks and offers an abundance of safe trails and scenic walks along local waterways. The city offers a year-round program of attractions to keep everyone entertained. These range from Music and Street Festivals to the SouthEast LinuxFest, an annual open source software event.

Vibrant Greenville (municipal population of 62,250 and an urban population of 400,500) is a strong rival for entertainment with more than 300 events each year such as Fall for Greenville and Artisphere. With 600 restaurants Greenville is quickly becoming known as a “Foodie paradise”.

For those looking for a mix of exciting city life and the great outdoors, or simply a great environment to raise a family, both locations offer an ideal mix.

As booming metropolitan areas both towns also have top educational facilities and first class healthcare. Upstate South Carolina residents enjoy a cost of living roughly 10% lower than the national average.

BMW Manufacturing, built in 1993, is BMW’s first full manufacturing facility outside Germany and first U.S. production facility. Our manufacturing site employs more than 10,000 Team Members to produce all variants of the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe on the 1,150-acre campus.

Enthusiasm for technical innovation and new ideas derived from our diverse workforce lies at the heart of Plant Spartanburg’s success. Our Associates rate the quality of the product they build as a primary motivation for excelling in their careers. For them building the Ultimate Driving Machine provides the ultimate employment experience.

The 1,150-acre, 5-million-square-foot campus generates its own power, offers an on-site Family Health Center and provides 24-hour security and firefighting personnel.   It is home to the 60,000-square-foot Analysis Center, a 2.4-mile Testing Facility track, and the Zentrum, BMW’s only museum in North America.

Information technology plays a key role in customer-relevant innovations for the vehicle and efficiencies in the associated business processes.

At the ITRC, mechanical, electrical, computer engineers, and students – both from BMW, the IT industry, and universities – are working in an open innovation model on exciting proof of concepts and pilot projects where IT innovations move automotive solutions forward. A specific effort is made to find synergy between IT infrastructure, IT applications, and manufacturing process-related innovation topics due to the close collaboration with Plant Spartanburg.

About BMW Group in the U.S.

The United States is one of the largest markets in the world for the BMW Group. With sales of over 350,000 vehicles in 2017, 14% of the group's worldwide transactions, BMW is one of the best-selling premium brands in the US.

Today, the BMW Group in the United States consists of marketing, sales and financial services organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of over 600 dealerships. The BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Included under the BMW Group umbrella in the US is BMW of North America, LLC, BMW Financial Services NA, LLC in New Jersey and Ohio; DesignworksUSA, Inc., a strategic design consultancy in California, as well as BMW of North America, LLC technology offices in Silicon Valley and the BMW Technology Corporation in Chicago.

Also in the US we have BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina, part of BMW Group’s global production network, which employs 10,000 people to produce a variety of the BMW X-Models. To date, BMW has invested nearly $9 billion in its South Carolina operations.

The BMW brand has one of the most passionate and loyal followings in the world. In the U.S., four officially recognized clubs with over 125,000 members and BMW owners represent 40% of the membership worldwide.


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