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Video: Boeing Rolls Out First Charleston Dreamliner

Governor Haley says, "We build cars. We build tires. And now we build dreams."

More than 6,000 employees, state officials and supporters closely eyeed the large doors of Boeing's North Charleston hangar on Friday as the airplane manufacturer rolled out its first locally-manufactured 787 Dreamliner.

First announced more than two years ago, Boeing's Lowcountry facility is expected to produce at least three of the planes a month when at full capacity.

"This is a great day for South Carolina," said S.C. Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Goose Creek). "It all came together because you've got really great South Carolinians pulling the wrenches, doing the reviting and everything else."

Jonathan Edwards April 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Gretchen: (1) I never mentioned anything about Obama. Your dislike for our president has nothing to do with whether or not SC's legislators should be accountable (and have actual knowledge) of how much our money they spend so they can get in bed with a big company. Getting all hot and bothered over seeing a fancy jet plane does nothing to educate South Carolinians on the long-term costs of the project. I hope Boeing will bring in more than it has taken. The problem is, our legislators never really sat down to calculate the cost, or to understand how much $$ in incentives we gave to Boeing before they signed the deal. They didn't really care, because well, Boeing is just too cool. And when the tax breaks run out for Boeing, any cost cutting they have to do will not be felt by any SC legislator. (2) I am happy that our current President makes it a priority to invest in alternative energy solutions. He makes innovation an American priority because he is smart, unlike our last president. Some of us want America to remain #1.
stanley seigler April 28, 2012 at 06:31 PM
PS. re: the failure of solyndra pails by comparison to GM success... for some sense of importance of GM success v solyndra failure: GM employs some 200,000 (and untold jobs depending on GM); solyndra lost 1100 jobs...and the population NC is around 80,000
stanley seigler April 28, 2012 at 07:36 PM
apologies for my politics as usual distraction...SC is and should be proud of their workforce...the dreamliner success is a harbinger of the future of SC.
Barbara McGowin April 28, 2012 at 08:44 PM
SC has given Boeing $1.5 billion to build a $780 million factory. Boeing withholds state income tax from its employees and does not return it to the state coffers. This money goes to the company's investors who do not live or spend their wealth in SC. When SC's public education, public health, police and fire departments and other vital services are underfunded, tax incentives to Boeing and other corporations are literally stealing the future of SC. Sen. Paul Campbell [R. Goose Creek] is proud to have been a part of this fleecing of SC. Bring hi-tech manufacturing to SC should not be done on the backs of the middleclass. We need to invest in quality education and create wealth in SC, not rob our state to create profit for large corporations. We need a change in Columbia. I am running against Sen. Campbell in the 2012 general election for SC Senate District 44. To learn more visit McGowin for Senate on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/McGowin4Senate
stanley seigler April 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
@Barbara McGowin: "...SC has given Boeing $1.5 billion to build a $780 million factory. Boeing withholds state income tax from its employees and does not return it to the state coffers. This money goes to the company's investors who do not live or spend their wealth in SC..." tho should not distract from the dreamliner workforce...it must be corrected in future deals to attract industry to SC. Post Courier say: "In interviews during the past week, the legislative leaders who negotiated directly with Boeing each said they couldn't say what all the incentives are worth, but each defended the deal as a good investment for South Carolina" bet boeing knew exactly what the incentives were...unbelievable legislators didn't ...doubling down bet boeing is still laughing at the SC negotiators... ironic GOPs think they are astute business types...

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