Boeing South Carolina
Boeing South Carolina (previously Boeing Charleston) is an assembly site for Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, located in North Charleston, South Carolina. The site is the major manufacturing, assembly and delivery site for Boeing commercial aircraft in the eastern United States and is one of the largest employment centers in the state. The site currently serves as one of two final assembly and delivery points for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The site has seen rapid investment and growth since Boeing made a number of purchases in 2008 and 2009 from its former suppliers Vought and Global Aeronautica who had factories there. The Boeing South Carolina Delivery Center, a 57,920 square-foot (5,381-m2) facility, opened on Nov. 11, 2011, and delivers South Carolina-built 787s to customers from around the world. Boeing South Carolina is only the third site in the world to assemble and deliver twin-aisle commercial airplanes.
The 265 acre (107 hectare) site is located on the southern portions of the joint-use Charleston Air Force Base and Charleston International Airport. Ground was broken on the site in October 2009 with limited operations commencing in July 2011. In 2013, Boeing South Carolina was chosen for the design and manufacturing of the Boeing 737 MAX inlet components located in the City of North Charleston, South Carolina.
The new factory has provided a boost the local economy in the wake of record-high unemployment rates during the Great Recession, especially in the manufacturing industry. North Charleston mayor Keith Summey called the new factory the "reversal of the shipyard closing," alluding to the 1996 closure of the Charleston Naval Base and Shipyard that took a heavy toll on the local economy. Boeing was offered an incentives package reportedly worth $450 million provided the company create 3,800 jobs and invest $750 million over the next seven years.
Later calculations determined that the state-offered incentives package will be worth in excess of $900 million in property and sales tax breaks and state bonds. State lawmakers stood by the deal, insisting that the economic advantages of the package would justify a sizable investment by the State.
Aircraft in production
The aft fuselage sections 47 and 48, for the 787, are fabricated at the North Charleston site. Sections 44 and 46 are manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi in Grottaglie, Italy. Section 43 is fabricated by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan. Section 45/11 is fabricated by Fuji Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan. Two 747 Dreamlifter Cargo planes are stationed at Boeing Charleston for transporting components of the 787.
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