Boeing Co. has decided not to appeal a ruling that it violated the National Labor Relations Act by prohibiting a mechanic at its North Charleston 787 campus from talking about unionizing during work time.

In an Oct. 26 decision, a federal administrative law judge ordered Boeing to physically post and electronically disseminate a notice that informs employees of their right to organize.

Boeing South Carolina disputed the judge’s findings last month but said last week that it will not contest them.

“We will fully comply with the order of the Administrative Law Judge,” Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger wrote in an email.

The International Association of Machinists, Boeing’s biggest labor union with tens of thousands of members in Washington state, has been meeting with employees at the North Charleston for months.

The local Machinists representative said last month that “greater than 50” Boeing South Carolina workers had signed up and that an election could happen within a year.

Checking in

A new joint venture between a pair of Atlanta firms went shopping near the Tanger Outlet Center in Norh Charleston and came away with a hotel.

Hotel Equities and IRE Capital have formed a company called Hotel Development Partners, or HDP, and last week they made their first acquisition together: the 102-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston Airport.

The deal closed Tuesday, the companies said in statement. The sale price was not disclosed. The hotel is at 4841 Tanger Outlet Blvd., near Interstate 26.

“The economic upturn has provided great opportunity for the hospitality industry,” said Fred Cerrone, CEO of Hotel Equities, which develops and manages lodgings, including a Hampton Inn in the Hilton Head Island area.

The property was renovated in 2010 when the previous ownership group converted it to a Fairfield flag.

The seller was an affiliate of Columbia-based Gateway Hospitality. Sam Agee, Gateway’s CEO, said his company still owns and operates three local lodgings: two under the Sleep Inn brand and a Comfort Suites.

Ramping up

Starting today, Charleston International Airport will start flinging earth to make way for more flights.

Airport officials officially broke ground last month on its $4.3 million new rental car pavilion, but real work won’t start on that until the end of the year at the earliest.

The first work of any substance on the nearly $200 million makeover of the airport’s terminal and grounds will start today on expanding the airport apron or ramp.

The $18.2 million project is not included in the terminal redevelopment price because it’s being paid for with $14.4 million in federal airport improvement funds and $3.8 million from the $4.50 passenger facility charge the airport levies on all departing passengers.

The ramp expansion must be in place before Concourse B is extended with five new gates. It’s expected to take about a year.

In addition to the rental car pavilion and five new gates, the terminal overhaul includes a third baggage carousel, consolidated security checkpoints and a dome over the lobby.

Passenger traffic flow also will drastically change. After leaving ticket counters, passengers will turn down a new corridor behind the check-in stations and go to a central security checkpoint with multiple lines before proceeding to the airport’s two concourses.

The lobby will be divided by a glass wall, separating the secured and the unsecured areas. Arriving passengers will pass through a door in the glass wall before heading to baggage claim. Greeters will meet arriving passengers in the lobby.