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First Dreamliner delivery confirms Charleston
as international business address

Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Brendan Kearney

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 10/6/2012 3:44:03 AM

Charleston has been an international business address for centuries thanks to its port, but with Friday's delivery of Boeing South Carolina's first 787 to Air India, the Lowcountry has officially reached a higher elevation.[Snip]“We've been always a kind of Navy town driven by tourists and governments jobs, for the most part,” Benson said. “Now suddenly we've got an outside influencer coming into the fold, which we never had before.” Over the past couple years, thousands of Charleston-area workers have had a hand in building the inaugural 787 Dreamliner. Now a high-level delegation from the South Asian national carrier has

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Those jobs have made a difference in our area, although we're still struggling a bit with unemployment and low real estate values. However, home prices have been rising slowly and steadily and, with more Boeing workers, I hope we'll do even better. And it doesn't hurt Boeing's business that the Governor's parents immigrated (legally) from India!

Boeing's target: three planes per month by the end of next year and double that later on.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mackrand, 10/6/2012 3:59:26 AM     (No. 8913532)

I will be the first to congratulate South Carolina in deivering this ground breaking airplane to Air India. I also think you deserve a lot of praise in persisting in the face of the Federal Government and Boeing Unions for trying to stiff you guys when you really needed help in getting the project going.

I also would like to draw your attention to Mr. Kearney who slipped a sly mention of California in there. We didn't have anything to do with the Fed and the Labor Board nearly putting the kibosh on the whole thing. Look north to D.C and northwest to Chicago and Washington State union thugs if you want to put your digs in.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Slimepuppy, 10/6/2012 4:11:59 AM     (No. 8913538)

Impressive...sort of like a Hank Reardon moment!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 10/6/2012 5:02:59 AM     (No. 8913551)

#1, I think what you might be referring to is a remark made by Mark Taylor, "a Charleston-based real estate executive with investors on the West Coast. . . ." Apparently, his investors "don't think much about South Carolina" (guess Taylor's clients think we're all redneck hicks?) but they do know that Boeing is putting big bucks into construction at and around Charleston International Airport, thus it puts us on the global map.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sinic, 10/6/2012 6:22:28 AM     (No. 8913587)

Not only is Boeing going strong in Charleston, new home construction is moving right along with it. The company I work for is doing 3 large subdivision projects in and around Charleston now, and we're looking at 4 more that are close to starting construction. Most of South Carolina, like many parts of the country, is still feeling the effects of the recession that never left...the one that Obama/Biden call a recovery. But the Charleston area is running strong, no doubt in large part due to Boeing. And Boeings' Charleston problems were 99% political, courtesy of Obama, the Democrats, and their attachment to unions. And there's one other benefit to Boeing Charleston...a lot of those NASA folks who lost their jobs in Florida are now employed by....Boeing Charleston.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/6/2012 9:50:18 AM     (No. 8913945)

A Hank Reardon moment indeed. This success story is a parable of the indefatigability of the American spirit of enterprise in the face of massive government and union obstructionism.

The Obama/Democrat socialist, redistributive and punitive regulation machine is no match for Americans who aspire, perspire and persist.

God bless Charlstonites. Semper Fi.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: God of Irony, 10/6/2012 1:31:48 PM     (No. 8914406)

I was going to say inspite of Obama but think the "Hank Reardon moment" covers it much better.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: toddh, 10/7/2012 2:42:32 PM     (No. 8916208)

I would pay good money to watch an aerobatic competition with 787 vs. anything else that size. And I'd have to buy some field glasses.

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