Boeing is taking another step forward in the Lowcountry.
The aerospace giant announced Tuesday that it had reached a new lease agreement for 100,000 square feet of office and lab space for a new Research and Technology Center in North Charleston. The center, which was first announced in December 2013, is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will focus on advanced manufacturing technology and composite fuselage manufacturing.
“We’re excited to see our new BR&T center come to fruition in South Carolina,” Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “The new facility continues to demonstrate our commitment to the state of South Carolina by bringing new technology and capabilities to North Charleston.”
Boeing Research & Technology is the company’s advanced and central organization, providing technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving existing Boeing products and services.
The company’s research and technology development will now be conducted at 11 Boeing research centers in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and the United States, including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington.
The new center is expected to host between 200-300 new jobs, although many of those employees are shifting from Boeing’s massive presence in Washington.