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Boeing unveils first SC-made 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing vice president and general manager of final assembly Marco Cavazzoni points to the sky Friday as he gets the crowd pumped prior to the rollout ceremony. (Brian Troutman/WCIV) Boeing vice president and general manager of final assembly Marco Cavazzoni points to the sky Friday as he gets the crowd pumped prior to the rollout ceremony. (Brian Troutman/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built in the South rolled out in the Lowcountry Friday. It was a historic event.

"This is probably the most technologically advanced accomplishment of the South Carolina workforce in decades," said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.  "People who are looking to locate are going to look at South Carolina differently."

Graham and Boeing vice president and general manager of final assembly Marco Cavazzoni both described the event as the single biggest aviation accomplishment in the South since the work of the Wright Brothers in Kitty Hawk, N.C.

"A world class product is being produced right here in North Charleston that is literally the envyof the world when it comes to commercial aircraft," said former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

"It is a proud day for Boeing employees all around the world," said Boeing President, Jim Albaugh.

Boeing employees wore their pride as they made their way to the rollout ceremony, slapping noise makers and cheering -- smiles on their faces.

"We've been on a relentless pursuit of excellence.  Six-thousand teammates are walking in here.  They're the ones celebrating today," said Cavazzoni.

The first  787 Dreamliner that workers built in North Charleston will soon be in the hands of Air India.

"We just proved today that we build things and we build them well," said Governor Nikki Haley.  "We're giong to keep on building thins in the state of South Carolina.  Boeing is just the beginning."

During the rollout ceremony Boeing employees, executives and South Carolina politicians all took the stage to mark the historic moment.

When describing his team in North Charleston, Boeing SC VP Jack Jones called them, "The Remarkables."

To unite the crowd of employees, not long before the official SC-made 787 Dreamliner rollout, Jones called for them to all say together ... "We build jets!"

ABC News 4's Nikki Gaskins, Justin Peterson and Brian Troutman contributed to this report.

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