Boeing announced late today that they will bring their 2nd 787 Assembly line plant to North Charleston. This is outstanding news for the Charleston area. Early expectations of direct employment needs are around 1200-1300. The additional supplier relocations, contingency workers and immediate construction needs will certainly require the hands of thousands within the lowcountry.
Approximately 55 airlines have years of back-orders associated with the 787 airplane.
"Establishing a second 787 assembly line in Charleston will expand our production capability to meet the market demand for the airplane," said Jim Albaugh, President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This decision allows us to continue building on synergies we have established in South Carolina with Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica."