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      Upstate BMW adding new shift, more workers this fall

      BMW in South Carolina is adding a new shift of workers in October to increase production by at least 20,000 more vehicles.

      GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- BMW in South Carolina is adding a new shift of workers in October to increase production by at least 20,000 more vehicles.

      BMW president of manufacturing Josef Kerscher says the Greer plant is at capacity after a $750 million expansion. Kerscher says he wants to move from 240,000 vehicles to more than 260,000 vehicles annually.

      He says a new shift would put production on a six-day schedule instead of five, and in some areas would go 24 hours a day. The president says the plant is producing its X5 and X3 sport activity vehicles at peak volume and the new shift would increase X3 production.

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      Kerscher says it is too early to say how many new jobs might be added.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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