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By Bob Montgomery, Staff Writer
Staff Writer, Elise Franco contributed to this report
BMW of North America has submitted plans to Spartanburg County to build a vocational training center at a site on Woods Chapel Road in Greer.
The BMW Southern Regional Training Center is planned for 1369 Wood Chapel Road, according to plans filed with the Spartanburg County Planning Department. The site is between Woods Chapel,Green and Victor Hill roads.
Plans show a 32,640-square-foot building with 24-foot high ceilings and 99 parking spaces.
The project applicant is Alliance Consulting Engineers of Greenville. The proposed use for the center is vocational training.
The new center is not affiliated with BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg County, spokeswoman Sky Foster said.
BMW of North America in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., is handling the project. A spokesman for BMW of North America did not immediately respond to questions Tuesday evening.
BMW’s 6-million-square-foot Spartanburg County plant is the automaker’s largest plant by volume worldwide. It manufactures the X3, X4, X5 and X6 models. Last month, pre-production of the new X7 sports activity vehicle began.
Since opening in 1994, BMW has invested more than $8 billion and today employs about 9,000 people, producing an estimated 1,150 vehicles a day.
In June, the company announced it will invest another $600 million in the plant and create 1,000 more jobs over the next five years.
BMW offers student programs in engineering and operations management, along with an apprenticeship partnership called BMW Scholars at three Upstate colleges — Greenville Technical
College, Spartanburg Community College, and Tri-County Technical College.