Boeing Expansion in Charleston
We expect similar, or larger, numbers with Boeing. A preliminary cost/benefit analysis of the Boeing incentive package showed a positive benefit of 19-1 to our state.
Boeing will add workers to its North Charleston manufacturing facility and hire employees for a new operations center. In addition, Boeing plans to add more research and development and information technology jobs which will be the types of highly paid positions coveted in this economy.
Media reports this week said Boeing has orders for 840 Dreamliners, but the company did not announce plans to increase production in South Carolina from its goal of three jets a month.
There are some legitimate concerns about the use of government incentives for private business, but nobody should argue with incentives on a project this big for an industry that neither has “mom and pop” businesses in it nor has a presence in our state. It is simply the only way to compete when other states – and countries all over the world – are doing the same thing.
All of the incentives in the world won’t make a company come to an area if they can’t attract quality employees. Our people are our biggest asset. You are our biggest asset. We know that and have been selling that to companies all over the world.
The world is waking up to South Carolina. We are open for business.
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