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SC governor to attend international car show

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt will be in Germany next week to recruit jobs at the world's biggest show for the automotive industry.

Hitt says he and Haley leave Monday for the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

The head of South Carolina's economic development agency says it's the first time a South Carolina governor has attended the event.

Four other state employees are attending. Hitt says more than 50 meetings are planned. The first meeting Tuesday will be with executives of BMW, which employees more than 7,000 people in the Upstate and contracts with 40 suppliers in South Carolina.

Hitt was BMW's spokesman for 18 years before becoming Commerce chief.

The agency expects to spend less than $100,000 on the trip.