SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – BMW Manufacturing broke ground on a new $20 million training center on the BMW campus Monday.

The 67,000 square foot facility will replace the current BMW Training and Development Center and will be built across from the Campus Training Center.

The building will have multiple classrooms for professional development and technical training.

BMW held a groundbreaking ceremony with South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“We applaud BMW for their continued investment in our state’s biggest asset – our workforce,” said Hitt. “This new training center will ensure BMW technicians are highly trained and skilled in the latest automotive technologies and are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The training center is expected to open in the summer of 2022.

BMW currently employs more than 11,000 people at its Spartanburg factory.

BMW officials, along with SC Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, broke ground on February 22 for a new $20 million, 67,000 square foot training center. Pictured (L to R) are Kevin McCraw, department manager, Real Estate Provision; Paul Sinanian, manager of Talent Management and Training; Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing; Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce; and Christine Petrasch, vice president of Human Resources. (Credit: Fred Rollison/BMW)