Spartanburg Countys reputation for quality craftsmanship is world-renowned. Such impeccable world-class standards are among the qualities that resulted in the location of BMW Manufacturing Corporations only North American assembly plant to Spartanburg County.
"The Spartanburg story represents one road to success in the global economy that other cities might follow: as a maker, a center for international operations because of a skilled workforce, abundant technical training, a focus on quality and a positive business climate," writes Harvard Business School Professor Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter in her book World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy (1995), which was adapted as an article in the Harvard Business Review (September/October 1995) and on the Opinion Page of USA Today (November 30, 1995).
BMW is a member of the huge international, industrial, and corporate community of Spartanburg County, where more than 100 international firms representing 20 countries have located over the past 30 years. BMWs Spartanburg facility is the sole producer of the internationally popular Z3 Roadster and the new X5 Sports Activity Vehicle.
The location of the BMW plant in Spartanburg County has lured other automotive-related manufacturers to the area, including Lear Seating, Packard Electric, Zeuna Staerker, Lemforder, Draexalmaier and Stankiewicz. A dozen BMW suppliers are located in Spartanburg County.
The cumulative investment of international firms into the Spartanburg economy totals about $2 billion over the past 30 years. Spartanburg County boasts the highest per capita international investment than any other area in the country, according to The New York Times.
Textiles continues to be the largest industrial segment in Spartanburg County, and new additions to that field in the area over the past couple of years include Western Textiles and expansions at Reeves International and KoSa.
Spartanburg is the optimum market location. Business and industry need a location that not only provides a good quality of life, an available skilled and willing workforce, and reasonable land and building costs, but also efficient and cost-effective access to other businesses.
Spartanburg has an available, skilled labor force and has taken advantage of the states excellent worker training program. South Carolina has been successful in its pre-employment training program for 30 years through the State Technical Colleges Special Schools Program. This program provides, at no cost to the company or to the trainee, industry-specific and job-specific training. No other state offers this unique training in the same way. The program has been featured in national news publications and on ABC and NBC network news programs as a model for other states.
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