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Our fleet fuel card company happened upon some interesting news lately and we thought we’d share it with you:

Today, at BMW’s auto assembly factory near Greer, South Carolina, the company produced its three millionth vehicle. The X5 M SUV was driven off the line by Dawn Burgess, a worker who has been there since the plant produced its first vehicle in 1994.

The vehicle was custom-built for a customer, with Mugello Red Full Marino leather seats, Donington Grey Metallic paint and a carbon fiber interior trim. The customer resides in Sweden and like the more than 70% of BMWs that were exported in 2014, the X5 M will be exported as well.

Manfred Erlacher, the president of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg County, celebrated the milestone with speeches and ceremonies.

“The growth of this plant has been quite extraordinary,” Erlacher said, according to Greenville Online. “Today, as we witness another historic moment, I am delighted to announce that BMW’s profound impact in South Carolina continues. I am grateful for our dedicated associates and their commitment to building premium vehicles for the world.”

At the event were several other well-known names like Governor Nikki Haley, Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, and the president and CEO of South Carolina Ports Authority, Jim Newsome.

BMW’s one millionth car was driven off the line in 2006 while its two millionth car was produced in 2012. In March of last year, the company announced that $1 billion would be invested at the Greer plant in order to boost productivity and that the location should be churning out around 450,000 vehicles each year by 2016. BMW Manufacturing Co. is the exclusive producer of all of BMW’s X3s, X4s, X5s, X6s, and soon-to-be X7s come next year.