Written by From Staff Reports Saturday, 13 April 2013 19:08
May 13, 2013 – Gov. Nikki Haley joined local Charleston and South Carolina business leaders, along with Boeing representatives, last Friday to celebrate the announcement that Boeing will expand in the Lowcountry, making an additional $1.1 billion investment at its plant at North Charleston.
The current 240-acre facility began production in July 2011. Boeing South Carolina receives midbody parts and major subassemblies from partners in Italy and Japan via the Dreamlifters, a fleet of specially modified 747-400s. The Dreamlifters also deliver completed aft and midbody fuselage sections from North Charleston to 787 Final Assembly in Everett, Wash.
Boeing South Carolina also fabricates and assembles the aft fuselage sections in a 381,000-square-footfacility. The aft body team is responsible for section 47, which is the last passenger section of the airplane, and section 48, which integrates the horizontal and vertical stabilizers and the aft pressure bulkhead.
The additional $1 billion investment in North Charleston is expected to create 2,000 jobs, and was supported by a government incentives package that includes $120 million from the state. And there may be more expansion to come.
The company has also hinted that there will be a Phase 3, 4 and 5, according to the governor. "So it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” she said, according to several local media reports.
“Boeing announced this week that it is now making seven 787s per month between its North Charleston and Everett factories, and is on track to be making 10 per month by the end of the year,” stated Haley’s press office.
The expansion of the current complex is underway, including additions to the aft-body and mid-body factories, as well as office area improvements at the final-assembly facility.