Some good news for Lowcountry business came in an announcement from the Boeing Company that they will be filing for necessary permits to build a 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston.While this does not mean the company has made the decision to locate its production facility in South Carolina, filing permits now is necessary, according to Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger, because of the amount of time it could take to secure them in the event that Boeing chooses North Charleston.
The move indicates Boeing’s seriousness about the consideration of a North Charleston plant. The Chicago-based company says it needs a second line to meet backorder demands.
The land where the plant sits is owned by the Charleston County Aviation Authority. A Boeing executive, Scott Fancher declined to name any other cities that may be on the list.
Winning the Dreamliner assembly plant would add hundreds of new jobs to the state and could also provide economic spinoff.