January 20, 2016
In celebration of BMW Manufacturing’s 100 year anniversary, the company is partnering with Habitat for Humanity in a unique way to build a new home for a family. Because Greer is in both Greenville and Spartanburg county, the build is being carried out in a collaborative partnership between the Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg. The impact of this gift across two communities reflects BMW’s impact on both Greenville and Spartanburg.
Manfred Erlacher, BMW President & CEO, accompanied by Johannes Trauth, Vice-President of Human Resources, presented a check for the funding for the home to Habitat leaders on January 20 at the build site, 210 Brown Street, Greer. The build will begin on March 10 with a wallraising ceremony.
“BMW applauds the willingness of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville and Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg to collaborate through this unique opportunity,” said Erlacher. “This partnership proves that great things happen when people come together for a common purpose.”
“It is exciting to have the opportunity to collaborate with BMW Manufacturing and Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County on this unique project,” said Lee Close, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg. “BMW is a flagship company in the Upstate and should be commended for reaching out to assist families in need of safe and affordable housing by sponsoring the BMW Habitat Home in Greer. We look forward to working with the BMW associates to build this home and to the day the home is dedicated for a new Habitat family.”
Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville, stated, “BMW has been a great community partner to both affiliates over the years, and we wanted to celebrate their commitment to Habitat in a unique way. This partnership is the first of its kind among Upstate Habitat affiliates, and we’re proud that BMW wants to honor their 100th anniversary in this way.”