The BMW expansion continues at the Greer plant. (Feb. 15, 2013/FOX Carolina)
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank talks at the Greer BMW plant. (Feb. 15, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited the BMW plant in Greer Friday.
Blank delivered remarks on what the federal government can do to help areas across the United States emulate the success of the Greenville-Spartanburg area when it comes to manufacturing.
She touted BMW's success in the Upstate and its help to reinvigorate both the local community and economy as well as American manufacturing. Blank said the administration hopes to recruit more global companies to move or add locations across the country following in the steps of companies like BMW.
"They see a stable supply of oil and gas … coupled with lower energy costs. They see our workers being more productive than ever before. They see Americans buying again and our economy growing faster than others," Blank said.
She said the country needs to be ready to attract global investments.
"When a global CEO looks at an American community, we want them to know that all of the pieces are coming together to help them make it in America," Blank said.
To further recruit these investments, Blank said local education efforts along with road and transportation improvements are needed, with the help of federal funding.
Blank's visit comes on the heels of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, in which he outlined a broad agenda for attracting manufacturing investment in the United States.
The BMW plant in Greer currently employs nearly 7,000 people and is in the middle of a multi-million dollar construction project that will bring even more jobs.
This is the second time this week that the manufacturing industry in the area has received national attention. Wednesday, Obama gave a speech at Linamar corporation in Asheville.
Linamar is a manufacturing plant that develops systems for the automotive industry. The company took over the plant after Volvo left in 2011.
Obama cited Linamar as an example of what is happening all over the country. He said America is becoming more competitive and more productive, resulting in companies like Ford and Apple bringing jobs back from overseas.
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