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Boeing picks Charleston

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Boeing will locate its second Dreamliner facility in Charleston. The company announced the move today after a last-minute incentives package approved by the state Senate and a reported breakdown in talks with union leaders in Washington, which was also competing for the site.

"This decision allows us to continue building on the synergies we have established in South Carolina with Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica," says Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, adding that this move will strengthen the company's competitiveness and sustainability and help it grow for the long term.

State House Speaker Bobby Harrell calls it the biggest economic development announcement in a decade.

"Today’s announcement declares to the global business community that South Carolina is back in the game and open for business," he says. "We want you to come to our state."

City Paper contributor Dan McCue wrote about what a Boeing facility would mean for Charleston earlier this month.

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