The sun rises over the Port of Charleston and with it, the start of another day where a new symbol of Made in America buzzes with activity.
Workers are preparing to load another cargo ship of BMW vehicles, built at the German automaker's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
While Michigan is still the heartbeat of America's auto industry, South Carolina is one of several southern states that have become a greater focal point for automakers scouting out locations for new plants.
"We really focus on foreign investment, on adding new jobs to our country [and] not just our state," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told CNBC.
"We have worked really hard on making sure we are just stable for the companies as they go forward and as they grow, we grow with them," Haley said. "If they are successful, we are successful. And South Carolina doesn't like to lose."