I continue to be astounded at the transformative, philanthropic impact Boeing South Carolina has generated across our region and our state. Since 2010, Boeing South Carolina has donated over $25 million in our region.

These gifts include their recent $5 million pledge to the Medical University of South Carolina to help underwrite construction of a new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion, as well as substantial gifts to statewide health and wellness programs, our schools both locally and across the state, and other worthy groups and projects.

Boeing South Carolina also created a new model for environmental stewardship by working with the Army Corps of Engineers and several conservation groups to not only meet, but exceed their obligation under the law for wetlands mitigation with funding to enhance public access and ownership of properties around the Francis Marion Forest. Generations both here today and those to come will benefit from and enjoy the recreational opportunities the more than 4,000 acres will provide.

I also recognize the enormous quantity of volunteer hours and personal contributions given by the teammates at Boeing South Carolina. I have personally witnessed many of their actions ranging from providing gifts to children and their siblings who have to be in the Pediatrics Emergency Department at MUSC during Christmas, to the American Red Cross and to many others.

I highlight these actions as a sample of the positive impact Boeing South Carolina has had on our region and our state. I also know how modest the teammates are at Boeing South Carolina. They purposely downplay their involvement, but make no mistake, everyone in the community has benefited immensely from their culture of generosity.

Like many residents of our state I have been following the debate over whether Boeing South Carolina teammates will elect later this month to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

I have had the pleasure of touring the plant. I saw a very clean heavy industrial facility. I was given thorough safety instructions. I saw Boeing teammates working diligently and content.

I did not see where a third party could make the facility cleaner or safer. From my observations, I saw Boeing as a wonderful employer and reiterate how appreciative I am of its corporate generosity. I wish each teammate well in his decision.

MICHAEL G. McSHANE

Cordes Street

Charleston