BMW announced Friday it would add two production shifts at its Greer plant and the automaker's employment agencies will hire as many as 700 workers.
"BMW continues to guarantee our plant's flexibility to efficiently respond to market demand," said Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing. "In order to meet customer demand, our plant must maintain its ability to adjust shifts and staffing levels as needed. The market is a rollercoaster right now."
The hiring comes from an "increase in year-end market demand for our products," BMW spokesman Bobby Hitt said.
The plant has about 4,500 employees and another 1,000 contract and other workers in Greer.
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As they begin the hiring process, the contract agencies - MAU and Tier One Solutions - will contact people who have previously worked at BMW to determine their ability to return to the plant, BMW officials said.
The officials said one additional shift will be added immediately and another is scheduled for early November.
Last year, the plant operated at 110 production hours, but this year, as customer demand waned, the plant reduced its production hours to 80 hours per week, the officials said.
The first additional shift will increase the plant's total production hours to 90 and the November shift will put the plant at operating 100 production hours per week, BMW officials said.