It’s a big week for Charleston’s biggest “B” businesses.
On Friday, after years of anticipation, Boeing South Carolina plans to roll out its first locally made 787 Dreamliner. Everyone from workers to politicians, can hardly wait to see the historic plane emerge, proof that highly sophisticated manufacturing can be done here.
“We’re excited,” Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager, said last week.
The other “B” is Daniel Island-based software company Blackbaud, which has been doing some eager waiting of its own.
In January, Blackbaud announced its intention to buy Texas competitor Convio for $275 million. The U.S. Department of Justice took a keen interest in that proposal, and its antitrust review has put the deal on hold ever since.
About two weeks ago, Blackbaud refiled its premerger notification form, which gives the federal regulators until April 30 to approve the acquisition, nix it or request more information as part of a more rigorous formal review.
That means Blackbaud either got a positive hint from the lawyers or has decided to take a new tack. Either way, this week’s crunchtime.
“It’s a waiting game still at this point,” Melanie Mathos, a Blackbaud spokeswoman, said last week. “We felt that it was the right time to do it, but we definitely can’t say one way or the other what their decision’s going to be yet.”
Oh, and Boeing reports its quarterly earnings on Wednesday, followed by Blackbaud’s report next Thursday.
So if things seem unusually edgy in some 7,000 Lowcountry households this week, that might be why.
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