Part of Boeing’s 2013 second $1.1B capital expenditure announcement for CHS, their new $212M paint facility under construction will add a streamlining process to build and deliver the 787 Dreamliner to customers soup to nuts in N CHS. It will be 10 stories tall and will be able to handle two 787-10s at the same time. Right now, they are built here but fly to Texas to be painted, then returned here to be delivered to customers and final checks. Its all part of a 470-acre expansion Boeing undertook in about 2013. David Wren has the complete story for The Post and Courier.
Toward the end of the article, a chief analyst with Strategic Aero Reseach says Boeing may well try and shift ALL of its 787-related production to N CHS…to further de-risk the program; that may be code for minimizing union strikes and thus delivery interruptions of the long-delayed 787 program, reportedly some 5 years behind in deliveries, but still the most successful selling commercial jet in history.
The Post and Courier and Warren Wise have a story about the substantial amount of new developments underway and planned in downtown CHS, from housing to retail, hotels, restaurants, office space, College of Charleston and government projects and so on. Amazing. And it is not just talk; it is happening before our very eyes.
Container volume was up a strong 7% at the five area port terminals. The article goes on to report, “Since 2010, the ports authority has captured nearly half of all container volume growth in the South Atlantic market through the addition of new customers and cargo from discretionary markets, inland-favorable freight and growth of bulk transload operations.” Liz Segrist of the Charleston Regional Business Journal has the report.
The Post and Courier’s Warren Wise reports the acceptance, by a 51-49 margin, of the Boeing contract offer to IAM, that will guarantee the work of the 777X in Everett WA, dashing the hopes 22 states that it could have been built elsewhere and creating thousands of high-paying jobs.
A great recap article on 2013 (and announcements for 2014 activity) for Boeing at CHS. This is gonna be huge! See the article by John McDermott and Warren Wise of The Post and Courier.
In a unique Post and Courier webcast, Natalie Caula Hauff discusses Boeing’s past year and just some of their public/known plans for the future. I suspect there is much more to come…
A Post and Courier article on airfares dropping at CHS as JetBlue and Southwest solidify their presence here. The percentage decrease from Q3 2012 was the second largest among the nation’s top 100 airports.
John McDermott of the Post and Courier reports that CHS’ regional economy is outperforming the state and nation while undergoing a significant transformation into a diverse, knowledge-based economy and that all of the pre-recession jobs lost have been fully recovered.