Let’s hope hurricanes stay far, far away from Galveston, Texas. Not that we didn’t already, but now there is another reason to hope mother nature steers clear of the Gulf Coast.
The automaker held a grand opening for its new center this week and workers there have already started receiving car shipments. BMW says it plans to import and process about 32,500 vehicles there every year. That adds up to $1.3 billion worth of cars and SUVs.
“For us at BMW, there is nothing more important than the satisfaction and delight of our customers, and this Vehicle Distribution Center will play a critical role in keeping our customers happy,” said Craig Westbrook, Vice President, Customer Experience, BMW of North America. “We are very excited to be here, and be a part of Galveston’s economic vitality.”
The center will serve BMW’s Southern Region which currently includes 45 BMW and MINI dealers within Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Of course, weather, particularly hurricanes, can be an issue along the Texas Gulf Coast. So why did BMW choose Galveston?
“Why Galveston? BMW’s Southern Region is growing faster than any other region in the US,” said Stephan Reiff, Vice President, Aftersales, BMW of North America. “Building this facility allows us to continue to deliver the highest quality vehicles while providing faster delivery times to our customers.”
As you might imagine, the Port of Galveston region is pleased as punch to welcome BMW into the family. It also gets its very own BMW X5 to use for official port business out of the deal.
“This Vehicle Processing Center 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,” says Michael Mierzwa, Port of Galveston Port Director.
The Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center includes more than 44,000 square feet of processing space in two buildings on approximately 20 acres of land.