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Boeing vendors, suppliers ready for more business

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By Ava Wilhite

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — A billion-dollar announcement from Boeing means good news for the 347 Boeing suppliers and vendors.

"This type of investment we don't see it very often and it has a trickle down effect," said James Bagwell, President of Regional Material Handling transports recyclable materials at Boeing.

He says this investment is confirmation to the community Boeing is here to stay.

"With the expansion that is taking place over there now and the announced expansion we hope that we will be doing more business in the future," said Bagwell.

Some businesses like Charleston Rubber and Gasket, which manufactures products used in the making of the Dreamliners, believe the trickle-down effect will come sooner than later.

"Not only is Boeing making an impact but those satellite companies that may have held off coming in to the Charleston area because of the uncertainty of what Boeing's going to do, with the announcement of one billion they are going to stay here for a while, so maybe they will come into the Charleston Area as well and that will make a huge impact for us," said Bill Murphy, the sales manager at Charleston Rubber and Gasket.  

Murphy said down the line this could mean adding more jobs to company. Bagwell agrees it would be the ideal situation if his company could also add more jobs.

He said right now there are some jobs people won't have to wait for.

"There are a lot of companies out there who provide direct construction services and installation services that kind of thing that are looking around right now trying to find people to get over and serve that need," said Bagwell.

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