Between building a $750 million, state-of-the-art Dreamliner plant and gluing together pieces of rear airplane fuselage, Boeing Co. officials simply have no time to watch over the construction site's security.

Instead, the company has delegated that responsibility to a Greenville firm. American Security Inc. was hired by BE&K/Turner Construction to patrol the construction site on Boeing's 240-acre campus at Charleston International Airport.

The assembly plant is set to open in mid-2011, but American Security Chairman Henry Harrison said he hopes his company can continue to monitor the site even after the factory opens.

"We're going to work hard to get the security contract when the plant becomes operable," he said.

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He added he expects to hire local workers for the job.

Already, the company employs security workers who monitor local companies such as Force Protection Inc. in Ladson and the Piggly Wiggly distribution center in Jedburg

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