“5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Cut! Open doors, please open.”
Boeing South Carolina’s Final Assembly and Delivery Vice President and General Manager Marco Cavazzoni joined state and local lawmakers for the ribbon cutting ceremony of Boeing’s new 787 Jetliner Final Assembly facility. The building is 1,040 feet long by 618 feet wide, covering more than 640,000 square feet.
“This building’s open for business. We’re going to be doing something here,” says Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Jack Jones.
Jones celebrated with about two thousand workers ready for the 787 Jetliner planes to fly out of North Charleston. One of those was MT Structure worker Eddie Gaither.
Today is a tremendous blessing to me and also my family and the state of South Carolina, and Charleston. Being able to open up a new start, a new beginning. Being a first premiere final assembly and delivery, to deliver the 787 right from South Carolina–Charleston, South Carolina.
Governor Nikki Haley says she knew from the first time she met with Boeing officials the expansion to South Carolina was going to be successful.
I sat down with the executives and I said you know it’s really important to me that if we have a company in South Carolina that they understand that part of that company needs to have a philosophy where you hire businesses from within our state. That you hire our small companies to do that. And I said, ‘What percentage of your contracts are going to be coming to South Carolina?’ You know what they said? Ninety-one percent. That is what we talk about when we talk about good business.
Also on hand for the ceremony– Senator Lindsey Graham, who brought with him, a few jokes:
The one thing I’ve learned today, six months above schedule– obviously none of you work for the federal government. And, we are glad of that too.
Graham also spoke very briefly about the scare tactics he says the NLRB is trying to take on by getting Boeing out of South Carolina.
Boeing is here in South Carolina and in case anybody is wondering it is not going to leave South Carolina. Judge Ludick has your back, the delegation has your back, the Statehouse has your back, the governor has your back. We earned the right to build airplanes here and no one is going to take that away from us. We earned that right.
The NLRB filed a complaint last month that says Boeing violated federal law by locating in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, when Washington is a union state.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell stood up with a word of encouragement.
There’s no limit to what we can achieve when we work together in this state toward a common goal. When our friends at Boeing asked about our state and our city, we told them the truth. That our workers are the best and most productive men and women in this United States of America.
So, as the doors opened to the new final assembly plant in North Charleston, workers were ready to open a new book in their lives.
Today is real big. When Boeing came I was laid off from previous job, so they came here at a good time.
Today is the beginning of something great. It’s something great that where we no longer have to send our fuselage sections to Everett. We can send them here.
Boeing was already make fuselage sections for the 787 planes, but now they complete production in South Carolina.