Flanked by state and local elected officials and economic developers, Gov. Mark Sanford today signed H.3130 - an economic incentives bill that helped pave the way for Boeing Company's announcement of its plan to establish a second production line for the 787 Dreamliner adjacent to the company's existing facilities in North Charleston.
"As we said on Wednesday, Boeing's decision to land decisively in South Carolina is both a monumental shot in the arm to our state's economy and indeed a revolutionary boost to our already growing aerospace hub," said Gov. Mark Sanford. "Monumental in the sense that this is the largest jobs and investment announcement in South Carolina history; and revolutionary in the way that just as BMW catalyzed a now extensive automotive presence across South Carolina, we think Boeing will set off a ripple effect of high-tech manufacturing and supplier chains across the state. All in all, this enormous commitment from Boeing represents not only a dividend from our state's continued efforts to better our business climate, but also a challenge to not let up with regard to lowering taxes, easing burdens put on business in our state's tort and workers' compensation systems, and keeping South Carolina a right-to-work state.
"Successes like this one require a team effort, and accordingly, a number of people deserve our appreciation: first and foremost, the hardworking Boeing employees already in the Lowcountry for their confidence in Boeing's management, and the reciprocal confidence entrusted in our state by the Boeing Company; also, Secretary Joe Taylor and his team at Commerce, as well as U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and state legislators like Senators Leatherman and McConnell, and Speaker Harrell; county and city officials, as well as other instrumental voices - people like David Jennings from the Aviation Authority and David Ginn and Heyward Horton with the Regional Development Alliance. There are a whole host of other names that merit mention, but I'd say that at the end of the day, this was a coordinated team effort from top-to-bottom, and something I think will begin to change the way South Carolina looks and feels for the better. With all that said, we look forward to welcoming the Boeing team to South Carolina."