NASHVILLE, Tenn. - International automakers continue to expand their U.S. manufacturing base. Executives from two of the newest of those companies - BMW AG and DaimlerChrysler AG - will speak at this year's Automotive News New American Manufacturing Conference here May 24-26.
Norbert Reithofer, president of BMW Manufacturing Corp., will deliver a keynote speech at the Monday night opening dinner on May 24. Reithofer heads the Z3 roadster and coupe operations in Spartanburg County, S.C., where an expansion soon will launch BMW's X5 'sport activity vehicle.'
Helmut Petri, a DaimlerChrysler board member in charge of Mercedes-Benz manufacturing, will speak at the Tuesday, May 25, gala dinner.
Petri is responsible for the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. operation in Vance, Ala., which soon will begin coordinating production at a second M-class factory in Europe.
The conference also will feature Delphi Automotive Systems Chairman J.T. Battenberg III and Saturn Corp. Chairman Cynthia Trudell.
Other speakers include Gary Convis, executive vice president of New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.; Jeffrey Trimmer, director of operations and strategy for procurement and supply at DaimlerChrysler Corp.; and Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist.
The three-day conference will take place at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, beginning Monday morning, May 24, with a golf tournament at Nashville's Opryland complex.