Charleston, S.C. Emerges as Global Aerospace Hub
Boeing and Others Invest Billions in South Carolina, Driving Fastest Aerospace
Growth in Nation
CHARLESTON, S.C., June 21, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --South Carolina's aerospace
industry was the fastest growing in the nation between 2007 and 2012,
according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, thanks in large part to the
787 Dreamliner assembly plant that Boeing opened in North Charleston in 2009,
which now employs 6,700 workers. The state's aerospace industry grew by more
than 600% within the five-year period.
The juggernaut shows no signs of slowing with recent announcements that Boeing
will invest another $1 billion over the next five years and create 2,000 new
jobs to establish an engineering design center and 737 MAX propulsion
operation in the Charleston region.
"Charleston was really in the spotlight at last week's Paris Air Show," said
David Ginn, President and CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance,
who was part of the South Carolina delegation that travelled to the world's
biggest aerospace show to attract more investment to the Palmetto State.
"With the buzz about Boeing's expanded footprint in Charleston, suppliers and
other global aviation companies were all ears to learn more about what our
state has to offer."
The Charleston region is home to approximately 70 aerospace and
aviation-related businesses, including big names like Lockheed Martin, BAE
Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton. Smaller, specialized firms supply everything
from gears and hoses to computer systems.
With a rich military history, Charleston is also home to several
aerospace-related military organizations, such as Joint Base Charleston and
the Space & Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR). Charleston's commercial aviation
sector, however, is rapidly developing—growing from 9% of aviation sector
employment in 2007 to nearly half, at 49% today.
One of the biggest draws for aerospace companies has been the availability of
high-quality workforce training and education systems. For example, Ready SC,
the state's highly regarded workforce training program, played an integral
role in gearing up Boeing's South Carolina workforce. Local colleges such as
Trident Technical College's Aeronautical Studies Division and Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University, offer a practical education for aspiring aerospace
Located midway between New York and Miami, the Port of Charleston also offers
a strong asset for global aerospace companies, boasting the deepest harbor in
the South Atlantic and can accommodate large, post-Panamax ships to accept and
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SOURCE Charleston Regional Development Alliance
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