July 15 marked the 100th anniversary of the day Bill Boeing and his partners began operating Boeing Inc. — a small start-up that would eventually become the aerospace sector's largest company and most cutting-edge innovator.
Today, Boeing is based in North Charleston, South Carolina and is one of the Palmetto State's leading companies.
A recent article penned by David Wren in The Post and Courier detailed the development of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft, production of which began in 2003. The article also highlighted the company's cost- and risk-reduction initiatives as well as its efforts to outsource work and streamline its global supply chain.
The article also focused on Jim McNerney, who came to Boeing as its leader in 2005 and who was instrumental in the launch of a second Dreamliner plant in North Charleston.
Today, Boeing's impact on the state's economic landscape is estimated at $17 billion annually, underpinning an aerospace workforce numbering 17,000 workers in the Palmetto State. Boeings's North Charleston sites employ more than 8,200 workers and contractors.
"We look forward to the next 100 years of a partnership with Boeing and the Charleston region," Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce officials said.
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