Aerospace conference returning to Charleston for 4th time

Boeing’s operations in North Charleston make the planemaker the top employer in the South Carolina aerospace cluster.

A national aerospace manufacturing summit held in Charleston since 2013 is returning to the city.

Aviation Week publisher Penton and its SpeedNews Conferences division said the fourth annual event will be held May 3-4 at Belmond Charleston Place.

The agenda includes a statewide update on aerospace trends in South Carolina and a tour of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner final assembly plant in North Charleston.

“The industry is watching the growth in this region of North America, arguably the fastest-growing regional concentration of aerospace and aviation companies in the world,” said Steve Townes, chairman of SC Aerospace and CEO of Greenville-based investment firm Ranger Aerospace.

The SpeedNews gathering is aimed at executives from major manufacturers and suppliers. Organizers said the sessions “are very much operational in nature, featuring speakers and panelists with tremendous hands-on manufacturing experience.”

Participating businesses include several South Carolina aerospace employers, including Boeing, GKN Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Toray Composites (America) Inc.