Magna breaks ground on South Carolina plant to support BMW

Magna breaks ground on South Carolina plant to support BMW

Seating plant to employ up to 480 by 2020.

December 7, 2016

Aurora, Ontario, Canada – Magna International Inc. has won multiple new seating programs from the BMW Group which will be supplied from a new, state-of-the-art seat manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

The company held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the site where construction has recently started on the 230,000ft2 facility. The event was attended by Magna and BMW Group leadership, as well as representatives from state and county government.

"This is a new chapter in the ongoing collaboration between Magna and the BMW Group, as it's our first seating business award with this valued global customer," says Mike Bisson, president of Magna Seating. "With this investment and job creation we are extremely pleased to join the growing automotive industry in South Carolina."

Magna's new seating plant is expected to be operational in June 2017 and could employ up to 480 people by 2020. The facility will feature dedicated assembly and sequencing lines to supply seats for various BMW models at the BMW Group's nearby assembly plant.

Magna has three manufacturing locations and employs approximately 1,450 people in South Carolina. The new seating facility will be Magna's fourth location in the state.

Source: Magna International