- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

GREER, S.C. (AP) - BMW officials are preparing to announce an expansion of its South Carolina plant.

BMW Group Chairman Norbert Reithofer is joining Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the automaker’s plant in Greer for the Friday afternoon announcement.

The plant currently makes BMW’s X-series vehicles, which are a mix of an SUV and a coupe. Workers have made more than 2 million vehicles since the plant opened 20 years ago.

BMW has about 8,000 workers at the Greer plant. An estimated 30,000 additional workers in South Carolina have jobs at plants that support or provide parts to the German automaker.