BMW AG is the latest auto maker to commit to new jobs at a U.S. factory following criticism from President Donald Trump, saying Monday it will create 1,000 American jobs through 2021 as it works to boost its production of sport-utility vehicles in South Carolina.
The jobs are part of a $600 million investment planned for the German auto maker’s Spartanburg, S.C. factory. BMW has been building vehicles in South Carolina for decades and is increasingly reliant on the factory for production of popular SUVs that are then shipped all over the world.
Car companies have made many investment announcements since Mr. Trump’s November election. Detroit’s three auto makers have signaled plans for thousands of new jobs, while Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. have said they are investing in U.S. manufacturing operations or considering major expansions.
BMW’s announcement comes shortly after President Trump criticized German auto makers for selling foreign-built vehicles in the U.S., and specifically called out BMW for its plans to build a plant in Mexico. Harold Krueger, chairman of BMW’s board of management, said the auto maker remains committed to its plant in Mexico but said the Spartanburg plant is its largest.
“All this [investment] shows that the U.S. is clearly our second home,” Mr. Krueger said in a press conference.
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