BMW extends shutdown, considers new avenues to help during crisis.

As BMW Manufacturing halts its production for another three weeks, the global auto manufacturer considers new routes for meeting COVID-19 shortages around the world.

Plant Spartanburg announced this morning that production will restart April 30 instead of April 13 due to cross-country stay-at-home mandates, health concerns and ongoing disinfectant projects on location, according to a news release. Still, even as the plant's production line has braked for longer than expected, BMW Manufacturing is not idle.

BMW's Greer location has donated thousands of masks to Upstate first responders and hospitals and is considering other ways to contribute to those working on the front lines of the outbreak, according to Sky Foster, manager of Corporate Communications at BMW Manufacturing.

BMW's international locations also have bolstered health care mobility by offering vehicles to medical facilities and social service providers. The company also is considering production of critical needs...

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