Boeing opens South Carolina 787 delivery center

By MIke Benbow

The Boeing Co. celebrated the opening of its South Carolina Delivery Center Friday with elected officials, representatives from community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors, and more than 500 Boeing employees.

“Today, we celebrate the opening of the Boeing South Carolina Delivery Center and look forward to delivering our first South Carolina-built 787s in 2012,” Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said in a prepared statement. “Customers will come from around the world to take delivery of their 787 and will see the great pride and talent of our Boeing South Carolina teammates.”

The 58,000-square-foot facility includes three floors of offices, conference rooms and food operations.

On the second floor, two passenger boarding bridges provide airplane access to customers, the first passenger boarding bridges to be used at a center.

More than 600 tons of steel, 2,800 cubic yards of concrete, 42,000 square feet of exterior metal panels and 14,000 square feet of glass were used in the building’s construction.