Landing gear company to bring 300 jobs to Marion County

MARION, S.C. (AP) - A company that repairs landing gear for airplanes is opening a new facility in one of South Carolina's poorest counties.

ACAS Landing Gear Services says its new operations in Marion County should create 300 jobs over the next five years. Marion County had an unemployment rate of 22.6 percent in December - the second highest in the state.

The company says it will begin hiring in March.

ACAS repairs and remanufactures landing gear for a variety of airplanes, including all the major Boeing models. Boeing announced last year it will put an assembly line for its new 787 model about 100 miles away in North Charleston.

Officials say they are confident ACAS will be the first of a number of aerospace firms to follow Boeing to South Carolina.

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