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BMW announces 1,000 new jobs at Upstate anniversary celebration

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GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

BMW Manufacturing celebrated more than two decades in the Upstate on Monday with a big announcement.

The 25-year anniversary celebration for the Greer manufacturing plant kicked off at 9:30 a.m. At the event, BMW announced a $600 million investment from 2018 to 2021, bringing 1,000 new jobs to the Upstate.

The new positions are expected to bring the plant's employment to 10,000 total, raising maximum production capacity to 450,000 units.

The plant is already the largest BMW manufacturing facility in the world.

Governor Henry McMaster attended and spoke at the event. McMaster said BMW has created a "manufacturing Renaissance" in the area.

McMaster issued the following statement on the announcement:

BMW is the company that, in many ways, put South Carolina on the map when its leadership decided to build its first North American manufacturing facility in Greenville 25 years ago. Today’s celebration is the culmination of the hard work of so many, and the fact that one of our most valued corporate citizens is continuing to invest in South Carolinians is a testament to the excellence and innovation this partnership has fostered for decades, and will continue to for many more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who also spoke at the event, tweeted on Monday that he was looking forward to the event and was en route in his own BMW.

"We're going to make sure this is the best place for BMW to do business than anywhere else in the world," Graham said.

He ended his speech by saying, "God bless BMW." ]

He also snapped a picture with what appeared to be a few employees before his next tweet.

During the event, BMW unveiled the new X3, the third generation of its mid-size crossover vehicle. The X3 comes in three model lines, the xLine, Luxury Line and M Sport.

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