ACAS Landing Gear Services was welcomed to South Carolina Monday during an event at the Marion County Economic Development Center. Air Carrier Accessory Services will invest $5 million and create up to 300 jobs.
The new facility in the former Sara Lee building will re-manufacture landing gear for Boeing aircraft. The company also provides aircraft services for Airbus and an array of military and commercial aircraft.
Last fall Boeing announced it will locate the company’s second 787 Dreamliner final assembly facility in North Charleston.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce says the state is home to more than 160 aerospace-related companies investing billions of dollars in 28 of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Those companies employ more than 18,000 South Carolinians.
Marion County Senator Kent Williams says it’s great news for the county, and will also boost the tax base. The county’s current unemployment is 22 percent, its population 36,000.
Williams says there was a great team effort between state and local officials. Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor said that County Council Chairman John Atkinson and Rodney Berry should be commended for their efforts to make a real difference in Marion County.
Williams says Boeing’s decision to locate in the state is good news all around, since so many counties are receiving spin-off businesses.
(Sen. Williams on ACAS MP3 4:28)
Sen. Williams on ACAS
ACAS provides repairs for more than 20,000 types of hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and electronic aircraft accessories.
The company is in the process of hiring for available positions. Individuals interested in job opportunities are encouraged to contact either the Marion County One-Stop Workforce Center or the Marion Workforce Center.