They've Got WINGS

In an extraordinary display of cooperation, the Boeing Co. worked together with the state’s political leaders to reach agreement on a jet assembly plant that will bring almost 4,000 much-needed jobs to South Carolina. That’s the kind of teamwork that the WINGS Creed teaches because “working together is a must.”

Boeing Leader Cites “Synergies” in Exciting New Endeavor

Creating a ripple effect that will be felt throughout the entire South Carolina economy, the Boeing deal was greeted with an outpouring of excitement when the news was announced.

One state legislator likened the unified effort to “landing a whale” because of the wave of economic development and high-paying jobs this new plant will bring to the state with the 5th-highest unemployment rate in the nation.

The new plant in North Charleston will assemble the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.
Boeing Charleston currently performs fabrication, assembly and systems installation for the 787 aft fuselage sections. Global Aeronautica, partly owned by Boeing, is responsible for joining and integrating 787 fuselage sections from other structural partners.

Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “This decision allows us to continue building on the synergies we have established in South Carolina with Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica.”

Albaugh added: “This airplane will allow us to continue to set the standard for commercial aviation in the second century of flight.”

Albaugh’s personal involvement and painstaking efforts with the state’s leadership were cited by participants as key to producing an agreement mutually beneficial to all involved. The company will invest $750 million and create 3,800 new jobs in South Carolina within seven years.

Seattle economist Dick Conway, who has studied Boeing's impact on the regional economy for decades, estimates that each Boeing job generates spending that supports 1.7 other local jobs — one of the highest "multipliers" of any private-sector employer.

For an extraordinary display of cooperative spirit that sets new standards for how leaders from the business community and the public sector can work together for the good of all, we salute the leadership of the Boeing Co. – they’ve got WINGS.

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