Boeing supplier to create 60 jobs in Charleston County

The 787 production rate is increasing at Boeing South Carolina, which is one reason Senior Aerospace plans to expand to Charleston County from its base in Washington state.

A company that makes parts for the 787 will set up a satellite operation in Charleston County to serve the Boeing South Carolina plant, creating 60 jobs, Gov. Nikki Haley's office announced Thursday.

Senior Aerospace AMT is among the few direct Dreamliner suppliers to be lured to the Palmetto State to be close to the Boeing assembly campus at Charleston International Airport.

"We have a handful of tier-one suppliers in the area, plus another couple of second-tier suppliers," Boeing South Carolina spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said Thursday.

Tier-one companies supply directly to Boeing, while tier-two firms provide parts to suppliers.

The location of AMT's new satellite facility was not immediately available.

The Arlington, Wash.-based company makes various structural parts for leading original equipment manufacturers in the large commercial jet market. AMT's website says its "experience and capabilities span multiple segments of an aircraft, including the engine pylon, struts, wing box, wings, wheel well and the interior."

The company is owned by the international engineering group Senior plc.

"We are excited to expand into the Charleston region and believe our new site will create value to our largest customers by providing products just in time and point of use," said Jerry Goodwin, CEO of Senior Aerospace's aerostructures unit. "We are proud to be part of the growing Charleston aerospace industry and believe the local talented workforce will help us achieve our long-term strategic goals."

The company plans to assemble existing products for delivery to Boeing South Carolina to meet increasing production rate requirements and to streamline operations.

"Establishing a local satellite location represents the first step to transfer tools and inventory to complete the subassembly on existing product that delivers directly to Charleston," Haley's office said in a statement.

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The company plans to have the site operational by the end of 2014 with new positions to be filled immediately. The company is coordinating with readySC to create a pre-employment training program to begin filling job vacancies.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development tax credits for Senior Aerospace.

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