- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREER, S.C. (AP) - BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce are celebrating the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina.

Multiple media outlets reported that BMW President Manfred Erlacher celebrated the X5 M rolling off the assembly line on Tuesday at the company’s Greer plant.

The custom-built vehicle is heading to a customer in Sweden. Erlacher says the company is grateful to its workers for their commitment to building premium vehicles in South Carolina.

In March 2014, the German automaker announced it would invest $1 billion at the Greer plant and boost production capacity to 450,000 cars a year by 2016.

The company also said it will produce a new SUV known as the X7 in Greer. The expansion will add 800 new jobs, bringing the total workforce to 8,800 people.

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