Amid Boeing’s big news that it wants to expand its local footprint by amassing hundreds of acres around its local campus, the Charleston County Aviation Authority gave the company the green light to cut down some trees for more parking.

The airport board agreed Thursday to modify its tree buffer agreement to allow Boeing to expand its parking into a wooded area along International Boulevard, just past the main entrance to the 787 Dreamliner operation. Boeing needs the parking because it is enlarging its paint shop and expanding the aft-body assembly operation. Boeing will relandscape the area along International Boulevard once the expanded lot is completed, according to the Aviation Authority.

On location

Mount Pleasant-based Escapada Living clothing makes and sells tropical-inspired silhouettes in vibrant tones and lush fabrics for resort and beachwear. So, what better place for a photo shoot than a tropical island.

The company, founded by Isle of Palms resident Natalia Castillo, chose Elbow Cay in the Bahamas as the backdrop for products hitting stores in the spring and summer. Employees Kristen Shaffer and Katherine Bodkin served as models.

While in Hope Town, Castillo & Crew dined at Firefly Bar & Grill in Firefly Sunset Resort, which is owned by Charleston residents and Firefly Vodka co-creators Jim and Ann Irvin, who also own Irvin-House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island.

Escapada Living is now carried in more than 1,200 retail outlets in 47 states and other locales.

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Scanned in

The top numbers guy who cleaned up the balance sheet mess at Force Protection and helped prepare the armored vehiclemaker for its 2011 sale has landed with another publicly traded South Carolina business. Charles Mathis was named chief financial officer of Greenville’s ScanSource Inc. this month.

He started last week and succeeded Richard P. Cleys, who is retiring.

Nasdaq-listed ScanSource is an maker and distributor of electronic checkout-line equipment, such as barcode products and point-of-sale devices that capture and verify payment data.

Mathis, 53, previously was CFO of Summerville-based Force Protection from 2008 until earlier this year.

Force Protection was sold a year ago last Thursday to defense giant General Dynamics Corp. in a deal valued at $360 million.