Category Archives: Greenville/Upstate
BMW’s Upstate manufacturing plant produced BMW #3,500,000, in the midst of expanding the plant to capacity of some 450,000 annual vehicles as they plan a new X7 model. They made 400,904 vehicles in 2015, making it the largest BMW plant in the world, producing 1,400 SUVs a day, and the biggest U.S. auto exporter. Some 70% of the SUVs are exported thru the Port of CHS’ Columbus Street Terminal to 140 markets worldwide. John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the article here.
An amazing 400,000 BMWs were manufactured in BMW’s plant in Greer near Greenville/Spartanburg in 2015. That’s almost 1,100 a DAY and 45 each and every HOUR of the year. Incredible. Figures for exports through the Port of CHS are not yet out, but $9.2B of autos were shipped out in 2014. Add Daimler’s and Volvo’s exports in the next two to three years that will swell these figures to make SC one of the largest auto exporters in the nation; its already one of the largest tire exporters in the U.S. David Wren has the story here for The Post and Courier.
High tech firm ScanSource, headquartered in Greenville, is adding 100 jobs in a $6M expansion, adding about 15% to its Upstate workforce, according to an Associated Press release via The Post and Courier.
Daniel Island-based information tech firm BenefitFocus will add 100 new jobs in the Greenville area in an announcement coming next week. Allison Prang of The Post and Courier has the initial announcement here.
Rite Aid, the drugstore chain headquartered in Pennsylvania, says it will build its first distribution center this century, this one in Spartanburg County. The $90M, 900k SF facility will feed merchandise to about 1,000 stores in the Southeast and employ some 600 workers. John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the announcement.
GE Power and Water plans to invest some $400M at its Greenville plant over the next decade in an effort to produce new technology that will help get its wind turbine and gas engines to the market quicker. The AP has the story that appeared in The Post and Courier.
The Columbus Street Terminal in CHS has recently been upgraded in concert with the $1 billion expansion of the BMW plant in Greer. The carmaker exports to over 100 worldwide destinations thru the port and is planning to have capacity for production of more than 450,000 SUVs each year, including the recently announced X7, its largest SUV ever at what will be the world’s largest BMW assembly plant. Tyrone Richardson of The Post and Courier has the article.
US Synergetic is hiring some 130 new persons for one of its division’s new HQs in Fort Mill near Charlotte. Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story.
Woodfield Investments, a developer of some of Charleston’s finest class A apartment communities, has closed on a site in the Upstate for a new 336-unit community. Our friends at SCREnews.com have the story.
After Bass announced it plans to open in CHS soon and Cabela’s opened recently in Greenville, Bass Pro Shops said on Wednesday that it will open a 120,000 SF store between Greenville and Spartanburg at Interstate 85 and SC 101 (Exit 60) in 2016. Greenville Online and The Greenville News has the story.