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By: Anna B. Mitchell, Staff
The impact that BMW has had on the Upstate’s economy since breaking ground in Greer 25 years ago is unmistakable – a 2014 study by the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business estimated the automaker’s direct and indirect economic output at $16.6 billion in 2013 alone. This includes about 31,000 people employed by BMW or its suppliers.
The prosperity this has brought to the Upstate along with the presence of hundreds of German families since BMW broke ground in 1992, not to mention the European suppliers that have followed the automaker, has also had a profound effect, albeit not as easy to quantify, on the region’s culture.