Aviation & Aerospace




Charleston Regional Development Alliance - Aviation/Aerospace



Charleston in the Lowcountry of South Carolina is fast becoming known as a center for commercial aircraft manufacturing, with a focus on advanced composite materials, precision metal parts and systems integration.

In fact, Boeing recently broke ground on its second 787 Dreamliner assembly operation on a 240-acre campus near the Charleston International Airport. This new facility will join two existing operations where thousands of Boeing employees currently perform fabrication, assembly and systems installation for the 787 aft and mid-body fuselage. Boeing expects to begin production in the new plant in 2011. Boeing is one of a growing number of manufacturers and suppliers drawn to Charleston by its unique combination of major port facilities, pro-business climate, skilled workforce and highly desirable lifestyle.

Learn more about the Aerospace Cluster from our partners at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

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Success Story

South Carolina and the New Aviation Center of the East Coast

Boeing will invest $750 million and create 3,800 jobs in a massive expansion in Charleston, South Carolina.

Excerpt from Area Development Online article by Donald P. "Rusty" Reed, Vice President, Business Development, South Carolina Power Team (June/July 10):

Boeing will not find itself a pioneering industry in South Carolina, which is already home to over 100 aerospace-related companies investing billions of dollars and employing more than 16,000 workers throughout the state. Companies such as Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, Honeywell, and 3D Systems currently operate in the state, and two significant Boeing suppliers — Vought Aircraft and Global Aeronautica — began construction on a $560 million plant adjacent to the Charleston Airport to produce fuselage components for the Dreamliner in 2004. As part of its effort to control its entire supply chain, Boeing has since acquired and is operating these facilities as part of its South Carolina Dreamliner assembly plant.

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