Boeing announced today it will expand its business even more in South Carolina. Boeing Supply Chain Management and Operations Vice President Ray Conner made the announcement in North Charleston: “Boeing has selected South Carolina as the location for our new fabrication and assembly facility for the airplane interiors for the 787 Dreamliner, for the final assembly and delivery site that’s currently being made here in North Charleston,” says Conner.
This expanded facility will add another 150 jobs to the area. Conner says this additional facility was part of the initial plan for bringing Boeing to South Carolina.
“The decision is part of the plan that we announced last year when we made the announcement for the second line as part of creating an independent production line around here in Charleston. That would create a lot more reliability for our 787 customers and a lot more flexibility for the Boeing company. This new facility will be called Boeing Fabrication Interiors South Carolina,” says Conner.
Governor Mark Sanford spoke on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina.
“The Boeing announcement was the largest single investment in South Carolina’s history, largest single jobs announcement in South Carolina’s history, and what we have is, in relatively short order Ray, continued good news. Good is indeed getting better. We’re thankful for your investment in South Carolina, your commitment to the people of South Carolina, and your trust in the people of South Carolina,” says Sanford.
Sanford says Boeing’s announcement continues an economic trend for the state.
“Today continues something of a role that our state has been on of late, in that there’s 6,000 more people working today than there were four months ago. If you look at the last six months, there has been three 1,000 plus job announcements. In fact, if you look at 2009, in large part, due to your investment, South Carolina led the entire Southeast in investment relative to any other period in the Southeast,” says Sanford.
Although no location has been decided upon yet for the Boeing Fabrication Interiors South Carolina facility, production is expected to begin by the start of 2012.
(Boeing’s Ray Conner’s statments, MP3 6:30)