Mayor favors Boeing expansion in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey spoke on Friday about Boeing expanding its presence in the Lowcountry.

Last month the aerospace company proposed buying 300 acres around its North Charleston facility with the option to buy more than 400 more.

The Charleston Aviation Authority is totally in favor of the plan. Summey said there's a reason Boeing wants more of a footprint here.

"Our workforce in North Charleston and in the Lowcountry has proven to Boeing that they deserve an opportunity to do even greater things," Summey said." It's not about the politicians, it's not about the incentives we put on the table and its not about the individuals.  It is about the workforce in the Lowcountry that not only build things that float they build things that fly."

Boeing hopes to start the process of buying the land in the new year. Currently, Boeing has 6,000 employees at its North Charleston facility.

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