BMW is proud of its commitment and economic impact in the U.S. Since 1992, BMW has invested more than $11.1 billion in construction, equipment and other capital expenditures, and the Spartanburg plant has gone through six major expansions. The physical size of BMW Plant Spartanburg is approximately 7.0 million square feet with the recent addition of a new body shop, an expansion of the X5/X6 assembly hall, and a logistics expansion. As part of a $600 million investment announced in 2017, construction included the expansion of the X3/X4 assembly hall by 140,000 square feet and major re-tooling for a second X5 body shop.
Approximately 70 percent of the steel and aluminum used in manufacturing BMW’s at the plant is produced in the United States. About 70 percent of the Spartanburg plants production is exported to 125 markets worldwide. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, BMW Manufacturing is the highest value vehicle exporter from the U.S. with a total export value of more than $8.9 billion in 2020.
In 2017, a study by the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School Of Business showed that the annual economic impact of BMW Manufacturing on the United States totaled $38.5 billion. This corresponds to approximately 103,921 U.S. jobs. The annual economic impact of BMW (marketing, sales, financial services, and the manufacturing plant) on the United States totaled $43.3 billion. This figure reflects the dollar value representing all final goods and services produced across the U.S. that can be attributed (either directly or indirectly) to BMW. This impact corresponds to 120,855 U.S. jobs that would not exist otherwise.
While nearly 89 percent of BMW’s total impact on the U.S. comes from its South Carolina manufacturing plant, BMW also has several marketing, sales and financial service organizations that contribute to its national economic footprint. These include facilities located in Ohio, Utah, Illinois, California and the BMW of North America headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Nowhere are the effects felt more strongly than in the Upstate of South Carolina where quality jobs, revenue generation, and investment are helping lay the foundation for an even brighter future. Originally projected to provide 2,000 jobs, BMW Manufacturing now has 11,000 jobs on site. This total economic impact of BMW Manufacturing is associated with a statewide employment multiplier of 4.0. This means that for every direct job created at the Spartanburg plant, an additional three jobs are created elsewhere in the state.