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Boeing details tentative plans for South Carolina plant

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
September 29, 2009 3:49 pm

Tentative plans released today in permit filings in South Carolina show Boeing wants to clear some 80 acres of forest land to build a 720,000-square-foot assembly plant in Charleston.

The plant presumably would be the second assembly site for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing says it is filing for the permits to get a head start on plant construction if it decides on Charleston for the second assembly line for the Dreamliner.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Monday released a new report enumerating reasons why that second assembly line should be built in Everett or Moses Lake.

Boeing’s existing assembly line is in Everett for the 767.

Charleston’s major advantage would be it status as a largely non-union state. That means lower wages and benefits than in Everett and no possibility of strikes.

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