A lot of extra money is flowing through the Charleston region after Boeing South Carolina workers took home their catch-up work bonuses late last week.
Workers on the North Charleston factory's 787 Dreamliner assembly line met and maintained production goals in early May, qualifying many of the nearly 7,500 workers at the sprawling plant for rewards equaling 8 percent of their base pay for the previous 12 months. Office workers, engineers and other white-collar employees received a flat $2,500 bonus.
Eligible employees on Thursday received the payouts, or "productivity performance awards," spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said. Workers were also treated with lunch.
Boeing offered the incentive payments to its S.C. workers earlier this year after production work fell behind on the aft- and midbody sections of the Dreamliner.
Less-seasoned workers tried to meet new demands of building three jets per month in North Charleston and making parts for the 787-9, a new, longer version of the twin-aisle passenger carrier. Contributing to production problems, the company decided last year to let its more experienced contract workers go at the fledgling airplane-manufacturing site. It later brought many of them back to get production back on track.
The contractors didn't qualify for the incentive payout. The company does not break down the actual number of permanent and contract workers. More than 5,000 permanent Boeing employees took home the bonuses.
The latest payouts are in addition to one handed out earlier this year, giving Boeing S.C. workers an annual bonus equal to 18 days of pay.
Meet and greet
Investors in the biggest publicly traded company based in the Charleston region have a chance to meet and size up the new boss Monday afternoon.
Blackbaud Inc.'s annual meeting of shareholders at its Daniel Island headquarters will be the first for CEO Mike Gianoni, who moved into the corner office in January.
The agenda for the 4 p.m. gathering consists of routine corporate matters, including election of directors, an advisory vote on executive pay, and the hiring of an outside accounting firm.
Military members serve the country, fighting for freedom around the globe, many times only to return home after their service to a hostile job market. Because of that, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Works and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will hold a "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Redbank Club, 2316 Redbank Road, in Goose Creek.
More than 50 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and experience. Companies range from America's biggest employers to dozens of small companies in the region.
The event will also include a free workshop focused on resume writing, interview skills and job-search techniques. It begins at 8:30 a.m.
Interested job seekers should register for free at hiringour heroes.org. Walk-in job seekers are allowed. Veterans must provide proof of service.
Coming to life
Patriots Point leaders weren't kidding when they said they were going to bring their historic warships "to life."
The latest updated exhibit, "The Crew's Galley," now shows how the kitchen operated on the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown with mannequins dressed as crew members preparing fake breakfast foods. Sound has been added so visitors can hear what meal prep during wartime was like.
"It's one thing to stand where our heroes stood, but now you can actually see what they saw and hear what they heard while waiting in line for their meals," said Mac Burdette, executive director fo the state-owned maritime museum.
The $25,000 project was funded by Patriots Point and a $12,500 grant from the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.
The new Crew's Galley is part of Patriots Point's goal to become an interactive tourist attraction. The goal is to increase attendance by 15 percent to 300,000 paid visitors by July 2018.
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