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BMW Expansion Will Create Upstate Jobs, Cut Interstate Traffic

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BMW is moving its exports to the new South Carolina Inland Port in Greer. BMW is moving its exports to the new South Carolina Inland Port in Greer.
GREER, S.C. -

BMW is moving its exports to the new South Carolina Inland Port in Greer.

It's a move that will create jobs in the Upstate and cut down on some traffic on the Interstate.

BMW’s new export facility in Greer is just 15 minutes away from its current one in Duncan.

But that small move is going to make a big difference.

BMW spokesperson Sky Foster said it's a change that's going to bring 100-plus jobs to the Upstate.

The space is one of the biggest buildings in Greer, more than 2.5 times bigger than the Duncan facility.

Its location is going to change the way BMW ships. The new Greer facility is right next to the Inland Port, where BMW will ship its parts to Charleston on trains instead of trucks.

That means 9,000 fewer truck trips on the Interstate every year.

“The Inland Port will not eliminate trucking, but it will reduce the numbers of trucks that you see on the roads,” said Foster.

Construction workers at the Inland Port are still playing catch-up thanks to delays caused by this summer’s heavy rains. But the ports should be open for business months before BMW makes its first shipments in January.

"We're very optimistic that this is the first of many announcements in respect to the Inland Port and its efficacy," said Greer Development Corporation’s Executive Director Reno Deaton.

Deaton said he's in talks with several other businesses interested in taking advantage of the Inland Port as well.

“This announcement today with respect to BMW confirms that the Inland Port is going to be an effective facility, not just for companies inside the Upstate -- for companies throughout the country,” said Deaton.

That could mean more development and more jobs in the Upstate.

Jobs created by BMW in the Upstate could have an even greater impact than you might think.

A University of South Carolina study conducted a few years ago shows each BMW job in the state indirectly creates four more. It's called a multiplier effect. The study found a typical employment multiplier for a South Carolina business is closer to two.

You can find a link to that study here.

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