Boeing picks North Charleston to build interior airplane parts facility

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Boeing has chosen North Charleston to build a new 787 Dreamliner interiors fabrication facility where employees will build and assemble interior airplane parts.

The plant will create more than 150 jobs and be located 10 miles from Boeing's final assembly and delivery site in North Charleston. Construction will begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.

"Since Boeing announced it would put down roots in South Carolina last fall, we've had continual reminders of just how momentous that decision was for our state's economy," South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said.

Workers will build stow bins, closets, partitions, class dividers, floor-mounted stow bins used by flight attendants, overhead flight-crew rests, overhead flight attendant crew rests, video-control stations and attendant modules.

"The selected location for our new interiors facility will provide us with the continued flexibility we need to leverage our production capability and meet the needs of our 787 customers," Boeing vice president Ray Conner said.

The close proximity of the two Boeing facilities will help improve the efficiency of the final assembly and delivery process in South Carolina.

"The news that Boeing will use a North Charleston facility to construct the interiors of the new Dreamliner, adding 150 new jobs, is the just the latest installment in a larger narrative of great economic news," Sanford said.

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