Spartanburg, S.C. – January 8, 2013...BMW
Manufacturing celebrated the official opening of its new Associate
Family Health Center at its South Carolina plant. The Center is a
first-class facility, employing highly-trained professionals and
offering the latest in healthcare technology. Use of the facility is
available to all BMW Associates, eligible retirees and their dependants.
BMW's existing onsite family pharmacy was relocated to the new
facility and joined by occupational, primary care services, as well as
vision, dental and physical therapy. The combination of cost savings
and the benefit of having medical services all in one location offers
the company’s workforce with a new option in their overall healthcare management.
"With this announcement, BMW affirms its focus on quality
innovation both in our products and in our facilities," said
Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW Group Board Member responsible for Global
Production. "Our company remains committed to developing programs
that positively impact the overall quality of life of our workforce.
The success of our company lies in the hands of our associates. They
are active designers of our future. They are BMW."
BMW's Associate Family Health Center, which was originally announced
in August 2011, represents a $5 Million investment in a 25,000 square
foot facility. It is the latest demonstration of BMW's continued
dedication to workforce wellness proving its commitment to value,
quality and convenience in the choices offered to its employees.
"We want to bring quality health care to associates and their
families in a cost-effective and efficient manner," said Annmarie
Higgins, Vice President of Human Resources for BMW Manufacturing.
"We want to provide individuals greater opportunity to reach and
maintain optimal health through education, prevention, early detection
and management of existing health conditions."
The Center will be independently managed by Walgreens Take Care
Health Systems and is among just a few health centers across the U.S.
that offers such an array of services under one roof exclusively for
on-site corporate use.
“Walgreens has increasingly shown how investing in worksite health
programs can be instrumental in helping to reduce costs for employers,
while improving the overall health and productivity of their
workforce,” said Peter Hotz, Walgreens group vice president. “We’re
proud to expand our relationship with BMW and look forward to helping
its associates, their dependents and company retirees get, stay and
live well through a broad scope of on-site health and wellness
programs and services.”
Located on the campus of the company's 4.0 million square foot
manufacturing facility, the center is designed to support BMW's
continued efforts to manage healthcare costs and increase productivity
for its workforce.
In 2005, BMW opened its onsite Associate Family Pharmacy. Utilization
of the pharmacy was consistently high, averaging 90,000 prescriptions
annually. Patient satisfaction at the Associate Pharmacy continues to
be favorable providing further rationale that the company's new
Associate Family Health Center will be a successful benefit for the
company's workforce and their families. The center will be open
Monday through Saturday offering flexible appointment times to meet
individual scheduling needs.
BMW Manufacturing is currently undergoing a $900 million investment
to expand the plant's manufacturing footprint by 1.6 million square
feet, add another vehicle model and increase the plant's overall
annual capacity to 350,000 units annually. In 2012, the plant produced
over 300,000 vehicles, a record production year for the company's
South Carolina factory.
BMW Manufacturing Co.
BMW Manufacturing Co. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany
and is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity
Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In addition to the South
Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW North American subsidiaries
include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the
United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm
and technology office in California. For more information on BMW
Manufacturing, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.
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BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in
2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include
marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW
brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and
the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic
design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon
Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW
Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all
X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The
BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through
networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle
centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 115 MINI passenger car dealers,
and 32 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW
Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff
Lake, New Jersey.