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Big Expansion at BMW, Daimler Plants in Carolinas

Spartanburg set to become BMW’s second-largest line.

by on Jan.13, 2012

The BMW plant in Spartanburg will undergo yet another expansion - and get the new X4.

The U.S. auto industry continues to be one of the drivers of the American job market – in this case, thanks to German manufacturers BMW and Daimler AG.

The two plan to add more than 1,500 jobs at factories in the Carolinas, the expansion at BMW potentially making its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina its second-largest.  It is already this country’s largest exporter of automotive products to markets outside of the NAFTA region.

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Daimler Trucks North America announced the addition of a second shift and plans to ramp up production at its Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant in Cleveland, North Carolina, creating more than 1,100 new jobs by the end of 2012. The additional workers represent a 72% increase in personnel at the plant and will include approximately 1,072 shop employees and an additional 29 engineering and support positions, the company said in statement.


Teamsters Target BMW Over American Job Cuts

Union criticizes German maker’s plans to outsource U.S. jobs.

by on Jul.14, 2011

Despite being the largest U.S. luxury brand - and posting record global earnings - VW plans to cut jobs.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has launched a protest campaign against BMW’s plans to outsources jobs from a Southern California warehouse.

Hundreds of Teamsters showed up this past weekend outside BMW dealerships in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Arizona with leaflets and banners, reading “BMW: The Ultimate Misery” to inform its customers about the German automaker’s plans to fire almost all its Ontario, California employees later this summer.

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BMW plans to re-open the facility the very next day using temporary employees.

Despite making record profits and receiving bailout loans, the German automobile giant plans to outsource jobs and layoff nearly 100 American employees.