Today in Woodruff, South Carolina, the BMW Group marked a significant milestone towards their goal of electric vehicle production in the United States. They ceremoniously broke ground on a new high-voltage battery assembly plant. Once operational, the BMW Group Plant Woodruff will be tasked with producing sixth-generation batteries, supplying the fully electric vehicles manufactured at the nearby BMW facility in Spartanburg. The project promises to create more than 300 jobs at the Woodruff site, with potential for growth.
Ilka Horstmeier, a board member of BMW AG responsible for People and Real Estate, stated, “We’re steering the BMW Group towards an electric future. Our forthcoming battery assembly plant in Woodruff is pivotal to our electrification strategy in the U.S.” Horstmeier further emphasized the company’s commitment to its associates and their adaptation to this new era, with plans for a new Technical Training Center at the Spartanburg plant.
“This groundbreaking marks a fresh chapter at Plant Spartanburg as we gear up to manufacture fully electric BMW X models for a global market,” said Robert Engelhorn, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg. Engelhorn assured that the new Plant Woodruff would embody the apex of sustainability, flexibility, and digitalization.
In October 2022, the BMW Group revealed a €1.58 billion investment plan for its U.S. operations, dedicating €0.93 billion to prepare the Spartanburg plant for fully electric vehicle production and allocating €652 million towards building the new high-voltage battery assembly plant in Woodruff. The new Woodruff facility, encompassing approximately 100 acres, will house a technology building and several support structures, including a cafeteria, fire department, and energy center.