There are exciting things ahead for South Carolina’s thriving manufacturing industry, as two of the state’s prominent manufacturers, BMW Manufacturing and Central Packaging and Crating Inc., recently announced plans to expand their facilities. Combined, the new developments will bring more than $1 billion in capital investment to the state.
BMW Manufacturing is expanding its Greer plant in order to increase the plant’s annual volume and add room for the production of a brand new model. The factory is already the largest BMW plant in the world by volume, but the auto manufacturer is planning to ramp up production even more with a new body shop, an expanded logistics warehouse, two new indoor test tracks and an expanded X5 and X6 assembly site.
A capital investment of $1 billion, the expansion will increase the plant’s annual production to 450,000 vehicles and allow the facility to begin producing the new BMW X7.
In Greenwood County, Central Packaging and Crating is investing nearly $1 million to expand its factory. One of the state’s largest wooden pallet manufacturers, the company is upgrading its machinery, including new automated nailers and gang saws. It’s for good reason, too – the manufacturer is experiencing rapid growth, and the expansion will allow it to meet rising demand.
Once the expansion is complete, Central Packaging and Crating will be able to produce nearly 250 pallets per hour and close to 3,000 each day.