While there are some BMW models manufactured here in the United States, several are still imported from overseas plants, mainly in Germany. This worldwide production model means that BMW needs a very organized system for getting orders into this country and sending them out to waiting dealerships. This month, BMW opened its latest Vehicle Processing Center, a major player in the system, in Galveston, Texas.
The manufacturing giant chose the Port of Galveston for its latest distribution center because of its location in the south, one of BMW’s fastest growing markets. Ships arriving at the port will deliver an estimated 32,500 vehicles a year, or about $1.3 billion dollars worth of cars. To house the cars as they arrive and are processed, the facility is a whopping 44,000 square feet.
When a car arrives in the United States, more has to be done than simply loading it onto a vehicle carrier bound for a dealership. According to BMW Blog, a vehicle distribution center is responsible for inspecting vehicles to ensure that they were not damaged in transit, repairing anything that needs it (whether its body work or something deeper), and making sure that it is ready to be seen by waiting customers. The facility also has an inventory of parts for its own services and for distribution to other centers or dealerships.
As if the jobs being created by the center aren’t enough for the city of Galveston, BMW will also lend the port a BMW X5 for official business.
“The Port of Galveston is pleased to welcome BMW Group and its partner Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics VSA for the opening of this state of the industry Vehicle Processing Center (VPC),” said Michael Mierzwa, Port of Galveston Port Director. “This VPC will have a substantial economic impact on the region and is in keeping with the Port’s strategic vision to attract new business that will promote jobs and economic prosperity for the community.”
Source: BMW Blog