Boeing celebrates opening of new Research and Technology Center

VIDEO: Boeing celebrates opening of new Research and Technology Center

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Boeing's new Research &Technology center is officially open in North Charleston.

The new building is near its other expansion sites off Palmetto Commerce Parkway away from the main campus by the Charleston International Airport.

Employees of the center filled the building, as robots took part in the ribbon cutting.

This new building is the second expansion site to open in 2015 aiding the propulsion plant across the way which opened in February.

"We're really focused on how we become better, faster, and more cost effective for our customers so that way we can go higher in rate and produce first class quality all the time," said Lane Ballard, the BR&T site leader for Boeing South Carolina.

Scientists, engineers and more will focus on advanced manufacturing at the center.

They'll use their expertise in areas like chemistry, robotics and electricity.

"Coming up with advanced robots, new materials, ways to cure composites, everything that you can think of in terms of advanced manufacturing... the forefront will be created here in South Carolina," said Chief Technology Officer for The Boeing Company, John Tracy.

Those ideas are going to be created by 400 employees at the new site. Company leaders say these men and women are going to make their mark not only here in South Carolina, but globally.

"They've got some of the brightest people coming in to the company," said Greg Hyslop, Vice President and General Manager of the center. "So I don't think there's any question they're going to do just fine."

"Some of those projects will be applied to not only our work here in Boeing South Carolina, but the entire enterprise, and what we do worldwide," said Beverly Wyse, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing South Carolina.

Boeing officials feel the expansion of this facility is going to help them move forward with future plans for the area.

"It's exciting whether you're building the 787, or you're getting the opportunity to figure out what research or technology is going to take us into the next hundred years," Wyse said.

This is Boeing's fifth research and technology center in the country.

Each focus on a different avenue of moving forward with technology.

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