The aviation and aerospace sector has a long and proudheritage in South Carolina. Today, SouthCarolina is home to two aerospace giants, Lockheed Martin Corporation in theUpstate region and most recently The Boeing Company which builds the 787 Dreamliner in the Charleston region. Boeing’s employment is expected to grow to over 8,000 people. As of 2013, there are more than 200 aerospace related companies operating in South Carolina.
In 2012, Secretary of Commerce appointed the Aerospace Task Force to develop a strategic plan to grow the state’s aerospace industry. The group of public and private leaders recommended priorities to grow the sector. Regional Advisory Councils were also convened to provide regional input.
In late 2013, New Carolina received a $400,000 Investing inManufacturing Community Partnerships grant from the United States Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration. New Carolina worked closely with the South Carolina Department of Commerce and other partners around the state to compete for these funds which will allow additional planning related activities to occur to support the aerospace sector. New Carolina will also compete for the next round of funding related to these grants in 2014 to further advance the aerospace sector in South Carolina.
The aerospace industry is a global and national economic engine. The sector promises to bring higher skilled jobs and increased wage levels as existing and new companies expand and locate in South Carolina. Industry estimates project 25,000 new aircraft will come into service by 2026, with total production value of $4.4 trillion.
The aerospace industry, military and civilian, already employs more than 65,000 people in South Carolina.
South Carolina also features several military installations important to the aerospace industry:
• Fort Jackson (Military Entrance Processing Command),Columbia
• Joint Base Charleston (Charleston Air Force Base),Charleston
• Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort
• Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island
• McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Eastover
• Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter
• SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston
Economic Impact Study – expected to be completed in mid 2014
Workforce Study – expected to be completed in mid 2014
Aerospace Industry Day (in cooperation with USC McNAIR) –August 19, 2014
South Carolina Aerospace Task Force Strategic Plan – 2013
List of South Carolina aerospace related firms
Department of Commerce Aerospace Brochure / State ofBusiness World of Opportunity
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