June 15, 2015: Mark Fava, Chief Counsel of Boeing South Carolina provided the Rotary Club of Florence with an update of the products and facilities at Boeing SC, but not before acknowledging Sen. Hugh Leatherman and noting that Judge Luttig, General Counsel and SVP for the Boeing Corporation sent his regards and his utmost gratitude for the Senator’s diligence and integrity in negotiating incentives for the corporation to build their factory in SC. Fava noted that South Carolina will be forever indebted to the Senator for his dynamic economic development work.
Boeing made a big impression at the Paris Airshow with its vertical takeoff seen here: http://bit.ly/1TgKgnN and Boeing will be building its 787-10 (known in the industry as the “Dash Ten”) only in South Carolina. The airliner seats 323 people and can travel 7000 nautical miles before refueling. Its composite structure is ¼” thick which makes the plane light and durable and reduces the need for scheduled maintenance. There are 2.3 million separate parts to the plane, and the facility builds the plane from start to finish, other than the painting. They are in the process of building a painting facility now. Their final assembly building is the length of 10 football fields and has a zero waste to landfill policy. The roof is covered with solar panels that feed power into the grid which is then repurchased by the facility.
Boeing began with 240 acres in North Charleston, and now has 840. The capital investment in SC is over $2 billion. More information about the Rotary meeting may be found here: http://bit.ly/1filR1v