Scharmach Enterprises noted its 50th anniversary this year. Founder Werner Scharmach built the business after coming to the United States from Germany in 1956 to work as a car mechanic. Today, the enterprise has its largest operations in the Tacoma suburb of Fife along Interstate 5: BMW Northwest, Northwest Preowned Center and Northwest Mini. It also owns the Seattle Mini dealership on Lake City Way.
Werner Scharmach was operating an Olympia car repair shop when a BMW importer from New York approached him about opening BMW's first dealership in Western Washington. The dealership began in Olympia in 1968 before moving to Fife in 1979. Some years later, the company expanded to include the Northwest Preowned Center next door. It added Northwest Mini in 2003 and Seattle Mini in 2009. The business employs 240, and in 2017 BMW Northwest's staff received BMW Center of Excellence recognition.