Commerce: Boeing relationship opens doors for SC

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Commerce officials say South Carolina's relationship with aerospace giant Boeing Co. opened doors for the state at a recent international airshow outside London.

Deputy Commerce Secretary George Patrick told reporters during a conference call Thursday that other companies look at South Carolina differently because of the state's relationship with aerospace firm.

Boeing officials have said they hope to produce four 787s at their $750 million North Charleston plant by the end of the year and eventually make about three-and-a-half planes a month.

Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt would not name any of the prospective companies that South Carolina's 28-member delegation met with at the Farnborough Airshow earlier this month. Hitt says the trip is projected to cost taxpayers just over $106,000.

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