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BMW plans $1 billion expansion in South Carolina

| Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in Greer, S.C., to build two of its new X-series vehicles at the facility that ushered in a wave of foreign automakers building southern plants.

The German automaker announced on Friday it will establish another line at the plant, producing the X7, a larger SUV with three rows of seats similar to a Cadillac Escalade. The company will also make the X4, a sportier version of the X3 coupe and plans to build a plug-in hybrid version of its smaller X5 SUV.

BWM said it will hire 800 workers, for a total of 8,800 at the plant.

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