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South Carolina Economic Impact

Last year, international automakers created 68,904 local jobs in the Palmetto State, directly employing 14,139 South Carolinians. The state is home to BMW Manufacturing, Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Volvo Car USA plant. The South Carolina state economic impact report highlights this and other examples of the economic growth occurring across South Carolina thanks to international automakers.

Sales

154

international nameplate dealerships

110,888

new vehicles registered in 2020

57

market share of vehicles sold

Production

422,081

vehicles produced in 2020

100

total auto production

$10.6B

purchased from U.S. suppliers

Employment

68,904 total jobs generated in South Carolina

14,139 direct employment

8,568 dealership jobs

46,197 other indirect employment

$4.4 billion total employee compensation

$513 million dealership employee compensation

$3.9 biillion in direct and other indirect employee compensation

International Automakers’ Vehicles Made in South Carolina

BMW X5 PHEV*

Volvo S60 PHEV

Volvo S60 Sedan*

Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo**

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo**

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger**

BMW X3*

BMW X4*

BMW X5*

BMW X6*

BMW X7*

Revenues

$717 million
in state and local tax receipts and other revenues
$1 billion
in federal tax receipts and other revenues for the federal government

The operations and related activities of international automakers and auto dealers in the U.S. contributed $8.5 billion (3.5%) to South Carolina Gross State Product (GSP) in 2018.

International Automakers Facilities

Manufacturing

Location State
BMW Manufacturing Co. Greer SC
Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC Ladson SC
Volvo Car Industrial Operations Ridgeville SC

R&D

Location State
BMW Group Information Technology Research Center Greenville SC

Sales/Training/Zone Office

Location State
BMW North America Training Center Greer SC
Volvo Car University Ridgeville SC
Volvo Manufacturing Training Center Ridgeville SC
Volvo South Carolina Technical Center Ridgeville SC

Parts Center

Location State
BMW of North America Continental Distribution Center Spartanburg SC
Nissan Parts Distribution Center Greenville SC

Other

Location State
BMW Performance Center Greer SC
Mercedes-Benz USA Marshalling Yard Ladson SC
North American Subaru Inc. North Charleston SC

Programs and Partnerships

Workforce Development

Location State
BMW Manufacturing: BMW Management Development Program Spartanburg SC
BMW Manufacturing: BMW Scholars Program Spartanburg SC
International Automakers’ Vehicles Made in America

International automakers produced 4 million vehicles in America in the last year.  60 different models made were exported to markets around the world.

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