North Charleston Awaits Launching Of Massive Boeing Plant

A year ago, Boeing’s plan to build a massive assembly plant for its 787 jet in North Charleston injected enthusiasm into a battered business community and gave some badly needed reassurance that the recession was only temporary. That hope still is burning.

The company is building a mammoth $750 million manufacturing plant at Charleston International Airport that’s set to open in July. It has pledged in writing to hire at least 3,800 workers. And it’s already tapping into local workers and companies, sending money into the region’s economy.

Some small business owners already have felt the project’s economic effect – call it the “Boeing Bump.” Others are seeking their own small piece of it.

Economic development officials are holding out another hope – that more aerospace companies will follow Boeing to the Charleston region. Only one such operation, a Boeing-owned plant that will make 787 interior fixtures in North Charleston, has made such a commitment so far.

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