BMW announces 16-day shutdown in Greer.

BMW Manufacturing will shut down production at Plant Spartanburg on April 3.

The company said in a late announcement today that it would stop producing X-models for at least 16 days, with plans to resume April 19. Volvo Car Corp.in Ridgeville also will halt production at its South Carolina plant next week. Both shutdowns are in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The health and protection of our associates is our top priority," said today's written announcement from BMW. "At the same time, the dynamic development of the corona pandemic is having a major impact on the global demand for cars. BMW Manufacturing is taking a flexible approach and adjusting our production volumes accordingly."

A spokesman for BMW USA, which is based in New Jersey, said Thursday the plan then was to keep making cars as usual, but officials in Munich made it clear they were ready to cooperate with local, national and international government recommendations.

"Decisions on whether to close specific plants and when are made individually, and dependent primarily on the regional operating environment," Phil DiIanni, corporate communications manager forBMW...

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