Following a day of panel discussions and keynotes at Charleston Place, SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference attendees are spending Wednesday morning touring North Charleston's burgeoning aerospace manufacturing corridor.

The group, including suppliers and economic development types, was scheduled to tour Boeing's interiors factory, the nearby Venture Aerobearings facility which makes parts for General Electric engines, and an empty factory building across Palmetto Commerce Parkway that will eventually host aerospace companies.

The new TIGHITCO aerospace composites factory nearby had been on the itinerary for this afternoon in the run-up to the conference but was no longer on the agenda Wednesday morning.

The tours were closed to media.

Gov. Nikki Haley addressed the conference yesterday, highlighting Boeing's latest major expansion pledge, and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will speak to the supplier representatives today at Wescott Plantation.

Conference director Joanna Speed said Tuesday that she had expected 75 to 100 people for the new conference but ended up with 180 people from 120 companies or organizations from 25 states and eight countries.

“We'll probably come back in 2014,” she said.


TIGHITCO did tour SpeedNews conference attendees through its new North Charleston factory Wednesday. Due to a SpeedNews website error, TIGHITCO was temporarily omitted from the agenda.

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