BMW has invested 600 million dollars, creating 1,000 jobs in SC. BMW has followed suit to another well known automotive company Mercedes-Benz who last July invested 500 million dollars for their Sprinter Vans plant near Charleston. During the next 4 years, BMW's investment will increase exports from Charleston Port contributing to employment and economic growth in South Carolina. "The company touts the South Carolina plant as its largest worldwide, producing more than 411,000 X models last year. About 70 percent of BMWs made there are exported. Last year, the automaker reached a milestone when its 2 millionth BMW was exported from the Charleston port."