BMW Manufacturing exported 272,346 BMW X models from the Greer plant in 2017. Nearly 87% of the sports activity vehicles and coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston, with an export value of approximately $8.76 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
That number makes the Upstate factory the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value, according to a news release.
The remaining 13% of BMW X models were exported through five other southeastern ports: Savannah and Brunswick, in Georgia, and three ports in Florida.
“BMW X models manufactured in South Carolina continue to be a major contributor to the BMW Group’s success,” Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, said in the release. “Plant Spartanburg’s achievement as the country’s leading automotive exporter demonstrates BMW’s trusted partnership with this state, its contribution to the U.S. balance of trade, and its commitment to the United States.”
BMW announced in June that it will invest an additional $600 million in the Spartanburg County plant from 2018 through 2021 to support manufacturing infrastructure for future generations of X models. An additional 1,000 jobs will be added through 2021.