In South Carolina the auto manufacturing companies, such as, BMW is booming and continues to grow. The BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina plans to grow drastically this year.
Over the last few years BMW has maintained a steady growth. In 2008, BMW made an announcement that it would invest over $170 million in the South Carolina plant, which would create 500 new jobs adding to its 7,000 person staff. Overall the company provides more than 23,000 jobs in the South Carolina manufacturing plant and has created over $1.2 billion in income and wages. BMW is forecasting a production of up-to 240,000 units this year and the potential to hire 100 more employees.
In the Midwest, GM decided to invest $129 million in its power train plants located in Ohio and Indiana. Despite a shaky economy, the auto industry is staying in there. GM’s plans were built to produce specific transmission models that utilize eAssist fuel-saving technology for Buick and Chevrolet. The new GM plants are apart of GM’s “bigger picture,” which involves a $2 billion investment to create new jobs in eight different states over 15 total facilities.