BMW will add a second key stamping supplier when it builds its sport-utility in South Carolina.
Budd Co. will supply all major stampings for the vehicle.
Magna International Inc.'s Drive Automotive unit has been the automaker's lead stamping supplier. From a dedicated stamping facility in Greenville, S.C., Magna supplies BMW's Spartanburg County assembly plant with the entire body-in-white for the Z3 roadster and M roadster.
But for the new sport-utility, BMW will tap Budd's Shelbyville, Ky., operation.
Shelbyville also produces the truck frame for the Mercedes-Benz M-class sport-utility made in Vance, Ala., as well as body panels for the Ford Explorer assembled in Louisville, Ky., and fenders and hoods for the Lincoln Navigator.
A Budd spokesman said the contract will require Budd to add a new press line and expand its die-storage capacity. However, no major plant expansion will be necessary, he said.