Greenville has come a long way in just a few short years. Many happy locals trace the area's economic health and stability to the decision by Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) to locate its major North American manufacturing facility in nearby Spartanburg. That spawned local feeder companies to supply the huge plant with parts and other services. Greenville itself has become more cosmopolitan as well, with a world class concert venue, the Pease Center, anchoring a vibrant downtown. Museums, shops and restaurants followed, making Greenville a magnet for companies looking to enhance the work lives of their employees.