The South Carolina Department of Commerce has launched a new state Aerospace Task Force with the announcement of a director, Charlie Farrell.
The task force will advise the Secretary of Commerce and help devise a plan to enhance and grow the state’s aerospace industry.
As director of the S.C. Aerospace Task Force, Farrell will oversee a committee to align efforts and priorities across the state in the aerospace industry.
Farrell is a banking and finance graduate of the University of South Carolina, a business writer and an adjunct instructor at the Moore School of Business. He flew more than 3,000 hours as a fighter pilot for the Marine Corps and Air National Guard before owning two commercial printing companies.
South Carolina has more than 180 aerospace manufacturing companies and suppliers, employing more than 20,000 people. These companies are widely distributed throughout the state and include industry leaders such as Boeing, Champion Aerospace, GE, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin.
Just this week, the business web site CNNMoney reported that Greenville is now considered an aerospace manufacturing HUB.