The Boeing plant in North Charleston rolled out its first brand new 787 in a festive ceremony Friday. Scores of dignitaries, including Governor Nikki Haley and former Gov. Mark Sanford, gathered with thousands employees to celebrate the occasion.
It’s the first time Boeing has assembled an aircraft outside of its manufacturing base in Washington.
The $750 million plant opened last year after the political controversy brought on by the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the aircraft manufacturer was building the nonunion South Carolina plant in retribution to the union strikes at the Washington State Boeing plant.
The controversy ended after the Machinists Union approved a four-year contract extension and the company promised that they would a build a new version of the 787’s in Washington.