BMW Group Canada Announces New Green Headquarters in Richmond Hill.



    WHITBY, ON, July 21 /CNW/ - BMW Group Canada announced today that it will
relocate its corporate headquarters to a custom built green facility at the
intersection of Highway 404 and Major Mackenzie Drive in Richmond Hill.
    The new facility will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) certification, a Green Building Rating System, which is designed
to conserve natural resources.
    The new building will use an open concept and natural light to reduce
energy consumption.
    The innovation and design flexibility that LEED certified buildings are
famous for will provide BMW Group associates with a premium and comfortable
working atmosphere.
    After 17 consecutive years of sales growth, BMW Group Canada has outgrown
their existing facility in Whitby. The new facility will be on 5.75 acres and
will accommodate the company and its 300 associates as the operations continue
to grow.
    "We are thrilled to be moving to a state-of-the-art facility that will
represent the Canadian sales operations, BMW, MINI, and Motorrad brands and
our BMW Group Financial Services business," said Lindsay Duffield, President
and CEO, BMW Group Canada. "We are making significant environmental
advancements to our products with our EfficientDynamics strategy and our new
headquarters further demonstrates our commitment to environmental leadership."
    The new facility, developed by Urbacon and designed by Sweeny Sterling
Finlayson & Co., is located on a greenfield site in the southern portion of
the Barker Business park, and backs onto a small tributary and stand of trees.
The headquarters is centrally located within BMW Group Canada's largest
market. The new building is scheduled to be completed and occupied by BMW
Group Canada at the end of 2009.
    "We are delighted that BMW, one of the world's most prestigious brands,
has chosen Richmond Hill as their new corporate home," said Dave Barrow, Mayor
of Richmond Hill. "BMW's new headquarters will have a positive impact on our
economy and is further evidence that Richmond Hill is a leader in business. We
are happy to welcome BMW Group Canada and their employees as new members of
our community."

    BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance
automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group
Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail
financing and leasing programs on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles,
as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total
network of 40 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW motorcycle retailers, and
25 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.

    The architects' rendering of the building can be downloaded at:
    BMW Group Canada PressClub: www.press.bmwgroup.com





For further information:

For further information: Jochen Frey, Corporate Communications Director,
BMW Group Canada, Office - (905) 428-5005,  Cell - (416) 627-0436, 
Jochen.frey@bmwgroup.ca; Stacy Morris, Specialist - Business, Marketing,
Lifestyle, BMW Group Canada, Office - (905) 428-5076, Cell - (416) 357-1728,
Stacy.morris@bmwgroup.ca

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