First steel beam placed for SC's new Boeing plant

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Crews have reached another milestone as they build Boeing Co.'s new South Carolina plant.

Company executives were on hand Monday to watch the first steel beam placed for the plant which will build Boeing's 787 jetliner.

A rainy winter has kept construction managers scrambling, but the company still expects the 1.2 million square-foot North Charleston plant to open by July 2011. The facility will be big enough for 2 of the new jets to fit side-by-side.

Boeing picked South Carolina to build its latest jetliner, expanding from its longtime Washington manufacturing base to take advantage of incentives and a nonunion work force.

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