BMW has contributed billions of dollars to not only the U.S. economy, but the Upstate region, too, since announcing 25 years ago the German automaker’s plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing site. 

Many credit BMW for saving Spartanburg County as thousands remained without work when the textile industry fell apart. 

Since then, residents and visitors can find BMW’s footprint all over the Upstate, from annual sponsorship of professional golf tournaments to high-tech research. 

• In 1992, BMW pledged to invest $600 million and employ 2,000 people.

• Today, BMW has invested more than $7.8 billion in Spartanburg County and employs just under 9,000 people.

• The plant produces on average 1,400 vehicles per day. 

• The plant has produced more than 3.7 million vehicles

Maayan Schechter