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South Carolina ushers in new era of electric vehicle manufacturing

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BMW Manufacturing
Large "X" in front of BMW Manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County. The "X" signifies the company's move to begin making electric vehicles at its Upstate facility.

One of the state’s key economic drivers, advanced manufacturing specifically auto manufacturing, appears to be on the verge of a dramatic new expansion that could create thousands of jobs, and help South Carolina maintain its’ competitive position in the global economy.

As the auto industry begins to pivot from combustion to battery-powered-engines, state officials and their industry partners are scrambling to make sure the automotive manufacturing sector continues to thrive because as USC Research Economist Dr. Joey Von Nessen points out, advanced manufacturing is as important to South Carolina today as textile manufacturing was in the 19th and most of the 20th century.

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs. He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta. He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.