BMW manufacturing announced Wednesday that it will be adding 100 new jobs at a plant in Greer. The company also announced it has launched a BMW scholar program and will also be adding a $5 million Associate Family Health Center at the plant.
Gov. Nikki Haley was in Spartanburg Wednesday morning as BMW made their announcement. “Every time we turn around, we’re getting jobs from the fact that BMW stays in South Carolina,” she told reporters,”And for them to go and include this educational access program with the three colleges, for them to go and talk about health care for their employees, this is a plant that understands the importance between having a good relationship with their employees and for the employees having direct communications with their employer.”
New recruitment programs were also revealed that include partnering with three area technical colleges: Greenville Tech, Tri-County Tech and Spartanburg Community College. The idea is to provide work experience to students interested in pursuing a career in skilled manufacturing.
The Greer plant will also be adding a $5 million Associate Family Health Center at its location.
Josef Kerscher, President of BMW manufacturing was on hand, “This announcement today, I think is really a very big step forward for South Carolina,” he said, “Not only talking about new jobs, but is even more important to qualify and to create a very competetive and great workforce and to shape the future for our workforce here.”
In 2011, the plant is expected to produce more than 260,000 vehicles for over 130 markets around the world.
In October, the plant will begin operating on a six-day production schedule to meet demands. This will also create new jobs for production associates.