As BMW Manufacturing in South Carolina prepares for the global launch of the new BMW X3, it announced October 4 another hiring initiative for 600 more contingent associates bringing the total number of jobs announced in the past three months to 1,600.

The need for additional workers at the South Carolina plant is driven by continued demand for the BMW X5 and BMW X6 worldwide*, as well as, the impending production ramp-up once the new BMW X3 hits dealers in late 2010.

"The introduction of the next-generation BMW X3, along with strong continuing global demand for the X5 and X6 is a great stimulus for our creating more jobs in our facilities here in the US," said Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing. "It's a wonderful feeling to know we can add another economic incentive to the region and further our commitment here in America."

These positions will be hired by MAU, Inc, BMW's contract staffing partner. In addition to the announcement of these new jobs, BMW also announced their intention to begin the process of transferring some of its contingent workforce staffers to become full-time BMW associates. As markets and volume demand begin to stabilize around the world, BMW will begin a multi-year process to further develop a blended workforce strategy that continues to give BMW the resources and flexibility it needs for the long-term. BMW Manufacturing currently has about 7,000 jobs on-site.

MAU will once again hold job fairs over the next several weeks. Qualified applicants should attend job fairs at the Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus (9AM-4PM) on October 6, October 13 and October 20 or apply online. Online applications and additional details are available at www.mau.com/bmwjobs.

*In September, BMW Group sales in the US reported sales of 23,112 vehicles, an increase of 20.5 percent from the 19,175 vehicles sold in September 2009. The X5 and X6 continue to perform very well with an increase of 160.7 percent and 122.3 percent, respectively.

BMW Manufacturing Company
BMW Manufacturing Company is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany, and is the global producer of the BMW X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm and technology office in California.