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Aerospace Vehicles and Defense in Charleston County, SC:

  • Jobs (2020) – 5,148 (336% above the national average)
  • Pct. Change (2011-2021) – +48.1% (8.1% growth at the national level)
  • Payrolled Business Locations (2020) – 15

Our skilled workforce, government partnerships, and low business costs make Charleston County a great launch pad for aerospace businesses. Ask industry leader, The Boeing Company, whose 787 Dreamliner assembly facility opened here in 2011 and quickly expanded in 2014 and 2016. In 2020, The Boeing Company announced that it would consolidate it 787 production into the North Charleston, South Carolina facility.

We build jets.

Charleston is one of three places in the world assembling and delivering wide body jets. Home to Boeing Centers of Excellence for IT, Research & Technology, and Engineering Division, including the exclusive manufacturer of the Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner which incudes the 787-8 (“Dash 8”), 787-9 (“Dash 9”) and the 787-10 (“Dash 10”).

787-10 rollout, 2017

“Since coming to South Carolina in 2009, The Boeing Company has greatly appreciated our deep relationship with Steve Dykes and the Charleston County Economic Development team. They are committed to the success of this region and we know they are as committed as we are to ensuring Boeing South Carolina is successful for generations to come.” – Joan Robinson-Berry, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing South Carolina


S.C. Aeronautical Training Center

Trident Technical College training facility opened in 2019 in North Charleston, SC. A partnership among government and private entities, the state-of-the-art center will provide training for Boeing South Carolina and its vendors and suppliers through the state. The 218,000-square-foot facility includes a ramp, two hangars with high bays to accommodate large aircraft training aids, 22 classrooms, 25 specialty labs, six flex-space labs, 37 faculty/staff offices, meeting spaces, a café and catering kitchen.

To get a closer look at the S.C. Aeronautical Training Center, check out the virtual tour: