Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > Welcome to Bimmerfest > BMW News Articles and Announcements

BMW News Articles and Announcements
Read the latest BMW headlines and discuss them with your fellow bimmer enthusiasts!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-22-2009, 03:59 AM   #1
BMW to ramp up production at Spartanburg plant
The Other Tom
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,909

Show Printable Version Email this Page

Advertisement
posted by The Other Tom

Article here : http://www.greenvilleonline.com/arti...NTPAGECAROUSEL

Quote:
BMW to add shift in Greer as demand grows

By Rudolph Bell Staff Writer September 22, 2009

BMW said Monday it will add another shift at its local plant next month in the first sign of a turnaround since a sudden plunge in auto sales last year led to the layoff of 1,000 contract workers.

Bobby Hitt, spokesman for BMW Manufacturing Co. near Greer, said the decision to expand the number of 10-hour shifts from eight to nine was prompted by stronger global demand for the X5 and X6 vehicles made at the plant for worldwide sale.

The change is unrelated to BMW's previously announced plans to make the X3 model on a new assembly line at the plant, Hitt said. He said production isn't scheduled to begin until next year.

Hitt said executives haven't decided whether to hire more workers to meet the growing demand for the X5 and X6.

"Whether or not we will need to hire any more people in the short term or long term, we're still analyzing that," he said. "We'll make an announcement as soon as we can make that determination."

If executives do decide to boost the work force, they are likely to turn first to the contract workers dismissed at the end of last year, Hitt said.

Factories around the Upstate that make car parts for the plant are also affected by the extra shift, Hitt said.

BMW operated 11 ten-hour shifts at the plant last year, but dropped to eight this year in reaction to the sudden onset of the worldwide credit crisis and related plunge in auto sales.

In Europe, a member of the BMW AG board told the German weekly, Automobilwoche, that demand for the X5 and X6 was higher than output, The Associated Press reported.

Frank-Peter Arndt, the board member responsible for manufacturing, said that especially in China demand for the vehicles was "extremely good," according to the AP.

About 70 percent of the plant's product is exported to various markets around the world, including China.

Even after dismissal of the 1,000 contract workers, the plant still employs more than 5,000 people, including some contract workers.
__________________
2008 335i
2001 325i retired
2000 M Roadster Imola Red retired
1998 Z3 2.8L retired
This article has been viewed 2058 times.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-22-2009, 10:58 AM
NetSpySD's Avatar
NetSpySD NetSpySD is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Socal
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,169
Mein Auto: 2008 X6 xDrive3.5
Wow, I did not realize the X5/6 sales were so strong.

I suspect the X5 diesel is doing well.
__________________
2008 X6 xDrive 3.5
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > Welcome to Bimmerfest > BMW News Articles and Announcements
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms