Engelhorn to lead BMW plant as Knudt Flor retires.

RobertEngelhornis the new president and CEO ofBMW Manufacturing. In a private ceremony at the BMWZentrumon Wednesday,Engelhorntook over plant leadership fromKnudtFlor, whois retiring.

Englehornmost recentlywas director for BMW Plant Munich in Germany, where he prepared the plant for production of the all-electric BMWi4.

Installation of a new electric batteryplant was among the highlights ofFlor'ssix-year tenurein Greer. The assembly plant supplies lithium-ion battery modules for two vehicles the BMW X3 xDrive30e and the BMW X5xDrive45e.

Florwas at Plant Spartanburg for a $600 million expansion, the 25th anniversary celebrationof BMW in South Carolina and assembly ofthe 5 millionth car. His tenure also was marked by record production until theCOVID-19 pandemic caused a worldwide supply slow-down that caused the Greer plant to halt production 1,500 cars a day at the time for a brief time in 2020.Floroversaw that challenge as well as the return to production.

The value of cars made for export at Plant Spartanburg exceeds the value of exported vehicles made by any other plant in the United States, according to the company.

"Plant Spartanburg has been a critical part of BMW's global production network fordecades, and the plant's impact is far reaching,"Engelhornsaid in a company news release. "Their performanceboth in quality and productionis impressive, and I am excited to lead thisextraordinaryteam."

Engelhornjoined the BMW Group in 2011 andheldvarious positions at the Munichand Regensburg plants in...

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