Boeing announced Thursday that it will create a research center in North Charleston as it plans for future growth and, on Friday, multiple media outlets are reporting the company will triple its South Carolina footprint with a $49 million land deal.
The company said its facility in North Charleston will focus on manufacturing technology. The aerospace corporation said that would mean a net increase of at least 300 jobs at the campus.
The land deal adds 267 acres to its existing 264-acre, 787 Dreamliner assembly plant, and another 201 acres to its overall footprint, according to the Post and Courier. The 201 acres includes former Trailwood mobile home park and other acreage across from Glynn Terrace subdivision.
Many of those jobs would be shifting from other states. Washington state would lose more than 1,200 jobs under the realignment; California will lose hundreds, as well.
The work will be distributed throughout new centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, and Washington. According to a company statement, the centers will operate independently but cooperatively with one another and other Boeing technology centers in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Spain and Russia.
Boeing currently has about 75 research employees in South Carolina now, according to the company.
This announcement came as a machinists union rejected another Boeing attempt at an agreement to keep production of the new 777x jetliner in Washington state.