COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Commerce officials say
South Carolina's relationship with aerospace giant Boeing Co. opened
doors for the state at a recent international airshow outside London.
Deputy Commerce Secretary
George Patrick told reporters during a conference call Thursday that
other companies look at South Carolina differently because of the
state's relationship with aerospace firm.
Boeing officials have said
they hope to produce four 787s at their $750 million North Charleston
plant by the end of the year and eventually make about 3.5 planes a
Commerce Secretary Bobby
Hitt would not name any of the prospective companies that South
Carolina's 28-member delegation met with at the Farnborough Airshow
earlier this month. Hitt says the trip is projected to cost taxpayers
just over $106,000.
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