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By: Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal
Canadian automotive supplier Magna International officially broke ground on its new $29 million seating plant in Spartanburg County. The 230,000-square-foot facility is under construction on about 20 acres between Anderson Mill and Monroe roads off Highway 290 in Moore within Pacolet Milliken’s Tyger River Industrial Park North. It is expected to open in June and will create 480 jobs. The plant will initially produce seats for BMW’s next-generation X5 and X6 models, as well as the new X7 that will also be assembled in Spartanburg.
“This is a new chapter in the ongoing collaboration between Magna and BMW, as it’s our first seating business award with this valued global customer,” said Mike Bisson, president of Magna, in a statement. “With this investment and job creation, we are extremely pleased to join the growing automotive industry in South Carolina.” Steve Salvatore, Magna’s plant manager for Spartanburg, said the company chose the site for a couple of reasons, including its proximity to BMW Manufacturing Co., easy access to interstates 85 and 26, and its nearby network of suppliers. Salvatore said under Magna’s current partnership with BMW, he anticipates producing 1.2 million seat sets. Magna’s operations span the globe and include 155,000 employees. The company automotive parts include body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules.
Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said since BMW first announced its plan to build a plant in the Spartanburg in 1992, $16 billion in new investment has flowed into the county and created more than 20,000 new jobs. He said it is a testament to the citizens of Spartanburg. “We have the best workforce, not only in the state, but in the entire world,” Britt said.
S.C. Sec. of Commerce Bobby Hitt praised Magna’s decision to locate its facility in Spartanburg County and its partnership with BMW. He also lauded the county and its partners involved in landing the project, including Greenville-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, the owner of Tyger River Industrial Park, and John Montgomery, principal of Montgomery Development Group, as well as Garrett Scott, Givens Stewart and Brockton Hall with Colliers International. “If we have a project in Spartanburg County… I worry very little about how the project is going to turn out because I know what Spartanburg County will do,” Hitt said. “I look forward to watching this new plant succeed.”