Boeing South Carolina's supply chain has a new link.

Key Logistics Solutions has taken up 50,000 square feet in a Hanahan warehouse also occupied by another Boeing logistics contractor.

The Duluth, Ga.-based company will handle the delivery of tools, maintenance parts and hazardous materials for Boeing Co.'s 787 factory at Charleston International Airport, a senior company executive said Thursday after the deal was announced.

Key will mark the launch of its 26-employee operation with several Boeing executives and local politicians at New Breed Logistics' Magi Road warehouse Monday, according to a press release.

"We're excited to be in their supply chain, and we're really looking forward to good things with them," said Karl Grant, Key's executive vice president.

A Boeing South Carolina representative could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

Key was formed in 2001 and opened its first facility on Appian Way in North Charleston to serve the Robert Bosch automotive parts plant on Dorchester Road, Grant said.

The company, which now has 400 employees company-wide, then set up 11 other operations across the Eastern United States, including one in Laurens, Grant said.

The other sites serve Michelin, Home Depot and U.S. Marine Corps operations. Grant said he would love to add more Boeing work to Key's portfolio.

"We're hoping to grow that, but that's where we are right now," he said of the just-announced multi-year contract with Boeing's local plant, where the first 787 is being assembled.

The aerospace giant expects to deliver that jet to Air India by the middle of this year.

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