Boeing South Carolina fabricates, assembles and installs systems for aft (rear) fuselage sections of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and joins and integrates midbody fuselage sections. The site is also home to the company’s newest 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility. The nearby Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina manufacturers, assembles and installs interior parts for South Carolina-built 787s. The 743-acre (301-hectare) main campus is located in North Charleston.
Boeing South Carolina began in 2004 as two companies: Vought Aircraft Industries, Charleston Operations, and Global Aeronautica LLC. Global Aeronautica was a joint venture formed by Alenia North America and Vought in support of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program.
In June 2008, Boeing purchased Vought’s share, making Global Aeronautica a joint venture of Boeing and Alenia North America. In July 2009, Boeing purchased Vought’s North Charleston operations and in December purchased Alenia’s portion of Global Aeronautica, dissolving the joint venture and creating Boeing Charleston (now Boeing South Carolina), a full Boeing site.
Today, Boeing South Carolina fabricates and assembles the aft fuselage sections in a 837,431-square-foot (77,800-m2) facility. The aft body team is responsible for section 47, which is the last passenger section of the airplane, and section 48, which integrates the horizontal and vertical stabilizers and the aft pressure bulkhead.
Boeing South Carolina receives midbody parts and major subassemblies from partners in Italy and Japan via the Dreamlifters, a fleet of specially modified 747-400s.
Assembly and integration of the midbody fuselage occur in a 449,251-square-foot (41,737-m2) building. There, the team joins the four midfuselage components and integrates systems to the fuselage. After testing, the team applies surface finishes to the 787 fuselage sections in a 114,833-ft2 (10,668-m2) paint facility.
Completed aft and midbody sections are delivered to final assembly in Everett, Wash., via Dreamlifter, or are moved across the campus to final assembly in North Charleston, S.C.
In October 2009, Boeing selected the North Charleston site for a new 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery line. Boeing broke ground on the new, 1.2-million-square-foot (116,794-m2) facility in November 2009. South Carolina teammates began early limited production in July 2011. The first airplane rolled out of final assembly on April 27, 2012, took its first flight on May 23, 2012, and delivered to Air India on Oct. 5, 2012.
The Boeing South Carolina Delivery Center, a 61,043 square-foot (5,671-m2) facility, opened on Nov. 11, 2011, and delivers South Carolina-built 787s to customers from around the world. Boeing South Carolina is only the third site in the world to assemble and deliver twin-aisle commercial airplanes.
In 2014, Boeing South Carolina broke ground on a new state-of-the-art 256,000 square foot decorative paint facility (23,783-m2) that is scheduled to open in late 2016.
The IT Centers of Excellence (IT COE) and the Engineering Design Center (EDC) were established at Boeing South Carolina’s main campus in 2013. The IT COE provides world-class IT services to Boeing, and the EDC supports Boeing’s business from product development through design, production and support.
In 2011, Boeing opened the first of three facilities at the 141-acre north campus, 10 miles (16 km) from Boeing South Carolina’s main campus. At the Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina, a 318,621 square-foot (29,601-m2) facility, teammates manufacture 787 interior parts, including stow bins, closets, partitions, class dividers, floor-mounted stow bins used by flight attendants, overhead flight-crew rests, overhead flight attendant crew rests, video-control stations and attendant modules for 787s assembled in South Carolina.
In 2014, the north campus expanded with the opening of the Boeing Research & Technology Center, a 100,000 square foot (9,290-m2) facility focusing on advanced manufacturing technology and composite fuselage manufacturing, and Propulsion South Carolina, a 225,000 square foot (20,903-m2) facility, where the design and assembly of the 737 MAX engine nacelle inlet will be done. The Propulsion South Carolina team is also designing the 737 MAX engine nacelle fan cowl and the 777X nacelle. The assembly of 737 MAX inlets will begin at Propulsion South Carolina in mid-2015.
- November 20, 2003
November 20th, 2003Vought and Alenia are announced as supplier partners for the 787 Dreamliner program.
- December 1, 2004
December 1st, 2004Vought Aircraft Industries announces the selection of North Charleston, South Carolina as the location for its 7E7 Dreamliner aft fuselage component manufacturing facility. Vought also announces a 50/50 joint venture with Alenia North America, named Global Aeronautica, LLC, to be established in North Charleston as well in support of midbody fuselage production for the 787 Dreamliner.
- February 7, 2005
February 7th, 2005Vought breaks ground on the new North Charleston, South Carolina 787 aft fuselage production facility.
- March 16, 2005
March 16th, 2005Vought begins construction of the new North Charleston, South Carolina 787 aft fuselage production facility.
- October 8, 2005
October 8th, 2005Global Aeronautica, LLC, erects the first steel for their new North Charleston, South Carolina 787 midbody fuselage assembly facility.
- March 6/June 6, 2006
March 6th, 2006Vought and Global Aeronautica receive certificates of occupancy for new facilities in North Charleston, South Carolina.
- June 8, 2006
June 8th, 2006Grand opening of Vought Aircraft Industries, North Charleston, South Carolina manufacturing facility.
- November 7, 2006
November 7th, 2006Vought begins production on its first aft fuselage at the new North Charleston, South Carolina site.
- December 5, 2006
December 5th, 2006Grand opening of Global Aeronautica’s midbody component assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
- May 2007
May 8th, 2007Vought and Global Aeronautica deliver the first major structures for the 787 Dreamliner to Everett, Washington via the Dreamlifter. Aft on May 8 and midbody on May 15.
- October 26/27, 2007
October 26th, 2007Vought Aircraft Industries workers vote 67 to 60 to be represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).
- November 8, 2007
November 8th, 2007National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certifies Vought Aircraft Industries workers’ vote to be represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).
- March 28, 2008
March 28th, 2008Boeing announces acquisition of Vought Aircraft Industries’ interest in Global Aeronautica. Global Aeronautica becomes a 50-50 joint venture between Boeing and Alenia.
- June 11, 2008
June 11th, 2008Boeing finalizes the agreement to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries' interest in Global Aeronautica, LLC.
- October 24, 2008
October 24th, 2008Vought Aircraft Industries gives notice and begins to issue layoff notices to North Charleston employees, suspending aft fabrication completely and decreasing aft assembly production levels in response to the Boeing IAM and Vought Nashville IAM strikes.
- November 7, 2008
November 7th, 2008Vought Aircraft Industries / IAM contract ratified by employee vote.
- December 2008
December 1st, 2008By the end of 2008, Vought had issued lay-off notices to a good majority of the site’s full-time employees and released more than half of its contractors. In all, more than 350 people are affected.
- January 2009
January 1st, 2009Vought announces it will begin a phased recall throughout the first quarter of employees who had been laid off in late 2008.
- March 12, 2009
March 12th, 2009Vought announces it has begun the process of bringing back full-time 787 program support employees who had been laid off in late 2008.
- July 7, 2009
July 7th, 2009Boeing announces agreement to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries’ operations in South Carolina, where the 787 Dreamliner’s aft fuselage section is fabricated.
- July 30, 2009
July 30th, 2009Boeing announces completion of acquisition of Vought Aircraft Industries’ South Carolina factory and operations. The facility is named Boeing Charleston. It is later renamed Boeing South Carolina.
- July 30, 2009
July 30th, 2009Former Vought Aircraft Industries employee files a petition with the NRLB to decertify the IAM union at the South Carolina site.
- August 25, 2009
August 25th, 2009Boeing names Tim Coyle to lead Boeing Charleston site operations.
- September 10, 2009
September 10th, 2009Former Vought Aircraft Industries employees represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) vote to decertify the union with a vote of 199 to 68 at the North Charleston, South Carolina site.
- September 18, 2009
September 18th, 2009NLRB certifies employee vote, and the IAM is decertified at the Boeing, North Charleston site.
- October 28, 2009
October 28th, 2009Boeing announces that it has chosen its North Charleston, S.C. facility as the location for a second final assembly site for the 787 Dreamliner program.
- November 20, 2009
November 20th, 2009Boeing breaks ground on second 787 assembly line in North Charleston, S.C.
- December 22, 2009
December 22nd, 2009Boeing announces the acquisition of Alenia North America’s interest in Global Aeronautica. Boeing is now the sole owner of Global Aeronautica and will integrate the facility with the rest of its organization in North Charleston, S.C.
- March 26, 2010
March 26th, 2010The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) leadership files charges against Boeing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming Boeing’s 2009 decision to place a new final assembly and delivery facility in South Carolina was a retaliatory move.
- April 5, 2010
April 5th, 2010Boeing erects the first steel column for their new North Charleston, South Carolina 787 Final Assembly facility.
- May 3, 2010
May 3rd, 2010Boeing announces that it has chosen South Carolina as the location to manufacture certain 787 interior parts.
- July 15, 2010
July 15th, 2010Boeing announces North Charleston, S.C. as the location for its new 787 Dreamliner Interiors Responsibility Center facility.
- September 1, 2010
September 1st, 2010Boeing breaks ground on the new 787 Interiors Responsibility Center in North Charleston.
- September 24, 2010
September 24th, 2010Steel “topping out” ceremony for the Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly Building.
- February 1, 2011
February 1st, 2011First piece of steel placed for Boeing South Carolina Delivery Center.
- February 8, 2011
February 8th, 2011First piece of steel placed for Boeing Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina.
- March 15, 2011
March 15th, 2011Boeing names Jack Jones to lead Boeing South Carolina operations.
- March 25, 2011
March 25th, 2011Steel topping out on new Boeing Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina.
- April 7, 2011
April 7th, 2011Boeing South Carolina receives the 2011 Spotlight award from Carolina Recycling Association for Land Resources Conservation program.
- April 13, 2011
April 13th, 2011Boeing South Carolina achieves Zero Waste to Landfill status.
- April 19, 2011
April 19th, 2011Boeing South Carolina announces partnership with South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), to become the first major Boeing manufacturing site to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
- April 20, 2011
April 20th, 2011TheNational Labor Relations Board (NLRB) files a formal complaint against Boeing on behalf of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) leadership, challenging Boeing’s 2009 decision to place a new final assembly and delivery facility in South Carolina.
- June 10, 2011
June 10th, 2011Boeing officially opens new South Carolina 787 Final Assembly facility with community ribbon cutting.
- June 24, 2011
June 24th, 2011First horizontal stabilizer arrives in South Carolina from Italy; parts are loaded to begin the assembly process.
- June 27, 2011
June 27th, 2011First hole drilled at Boeing South Carolina’s Final Assembly facility, marking the start of early limited production on 787 Dreamliners in the state.
- July 6, 2011
July 6th, 2011First set of 787 Dreamliner wings arrive from Japan and are loaded into Final Assembly production.
- July 13, 2011
July 13th, 2011First vertical tail fin arrives in South Carolina from Frederickson, Wash., and is loaded into Final Assembly production.
- July 19, 2011
July 19th, 2011First forward fuselage section arrives in South Carolina from Wichita, Kansas.
- July 22, 2011
July 22nd, 2011First landing gear arrives in South Carolina from the UK.
- August 10, 2011
August 10th, 2011Boeing is named Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council 2011 National Corporation of the Year.
- August 11, 2011
August 11th, 2011First section is moved from Mid Body operations to Final Assembly in South Carolina. The first time a midbody section has remained in South Carolina for final assembly.
- August 22, 2011
August 22nd, 2011First section is moved from Aft Body operations to Final Assembly in South Carolina. The first time an aftbody section has remained in South Carolina for final assembly.
- September 21, 2011
September 21st, 2011Boeing South Carolina receives the 2011 Green Business Challenge award from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for participation in the Charleston Green Business Challenge.
- October 5, 2011
October 5th, 2011First Boeing South Carolina 787 Dreamliner loads completely into Final Assembly Position 1.
- October 24, 2011
October 24th, 2011Boeing South Carolina’s 787 Final Assembly facility ranks 14th on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Fortune 500 list of the largest renewable power purchasers in its Green Power Partnership, ranking 33rd overall among green energy consumers.
- October 28, 2011
October 28th, 2011A third midbody assembly line (Line C) opens and begins production alongside the two existing lines in Mid Body Operations.
- October 29, 2011
October 29th, 2011First Boeing South Carolina 787 Dreamliner progresses from Position 1 to Position 2 in final assembly operation.
- November 11, 2011
November 11th, 2011Boeing officially opens South Carolina Delivery Center.
- November 14, 2011
November 14th, 2011Teammates move into the new Boeing Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina.
- December 1, 2011
December 1st, 2011Boeing officially opens Interiors Responsibility Center in South Carolina.
- December 2, 2011
December 2nd, 2011SCE&G completes rooftop solar installation on Final Assembly building.
- December 9, 2011
December 9th, 2011The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), acting General Counsel approves the withdrawal of the IAM claim against Boeing challenging a 2009 decision to place a new 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility in South Carolina.
- December 18, 2011
December 18th, 2011Boeing South Carolina Site Achieves 787 Weight on Wheels Milestone, progresses from Position 2 to Position 3 in final assembly operation.
- January 23, 2012
January 23rd, 2012Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina begins production of interior components for the 787 Dreamliner.
- January 24, 2012
January 24th, 2012First vertical fin manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah is delivered to Boeing South Carolina.
- January 31, 2012
January 31st, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives 2011 “Spare the Air” Outstanding Business Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
- February 15, 2012
February 15th, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the 2011 Industrial Waste Water Pre-treatment Excellence award from the North Charleston Sewer District for pretreatment compliance during 2011 at its main site and IRCSC facility.
- February 16, 2012
February 16th, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the 2011 Plant Safety Award, a joint award from the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and the National Safety Council, recognizing manufacturing facilities with a lost-workday case rate below the state average.
- February 22, 2012
February 22nd, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the Commendation of Excellence Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, recognizing members that achieved a commendable lost-workday case rate in 2011.
- February 22, 2012
February 22nd, 2012Boeing and KBR Building Group/Turner Construction Joint Ventures receive the Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., celebrating outstanding construction projects, safety performance and diversity programs.
- February 24, 2012
February 24th, 2012First Boeing South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner achieves “power on/oil on.”
- February 26, 2012
February 26th, 2012First Boeing South Carolina 787 Dreamliner progresses from Position 3 to Position 4 in final assembly operation.
- March 12, 2012
March 12th, 2012Boeing South Carolina team completes first aqueous wash on the 787 Dreamliner inside the new South Carolina Final Assembly facility.
- March 16, 2012
March 16th, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the 2012 Outstanding Business/Industry Recycling award from Carolina Recycling Association for Zero Waste to Landfill, recycling and environmental stewardship activities in 2011.
- March 29, 2012
March 29th, 2012Boeing South Carolina Welcome Center is certified with a LEED Gold rating.
- April 17, 2012
April 17th, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the 2012 Earth Day award from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for implementation of the Zero Waste to Landfill program.
- April 27, 2012
April 27th, 2012Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner built in South Carolina.
- May 3, 2012
May 3rd, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the 2012 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility award from the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance for positive “Environmental Safety and Wellness and Safety” program contributions in the local community.
- May 23, 2012
May 23rd, 2012First 787 built in South Carolina makes inaugural flight, piloted by Capt. Tim Berg and Capt. Randy Neville.
- May 30, 2012
May 30th, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the 2012 Earth Day award from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for implementation of the Zero Waste to Landfill program.
- June 11, 2012
June 11th, 2012First Boeing South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner returns to North Charleston from Fort Worth, Texas painted in Air India livery.
- June 12, 2012
June 12th, 2012First 787 interiors complete at Boeing Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina.
- June 25, 2012
June 25th, 2012Boeing South Carolina HUB is certified with a LEED Gold rating.
- June 27, 2012
June 27th, 2012FAA adds Boeing South Carolina and Interiors Responsibility Center to Boeing Commercial Airplanes Production Certificate (PC700).
- July/August 2012
July 1st, 2012Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina installs first interiors on South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner.
- August 13, 2012
August 13th, 2012Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly building is certified with a LEED Gold rating.
- August 29, 2012
August 29th, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives Large Manufacturer of the Year award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
- September 6, 2012
September 6th, 2012Air India takes delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner from South Carolina. The airplane was built in Everett, Wash., and was the first 787 to be delivered from the Boeing South Carolina Delivery Center.Air India flies the 787 home on Sept. 7.
- September 19, 2012
September 19th, 2012Boeing South Carolina receives the “Rock Star” Award from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes an organization that has experienced significant achievements within the past year that resulted in a ripple effect in the Charleston region.
- October 5, 2012
October 5th, 2012Boeing South Carolina delivers its first SC-built 787 Dreamliner to Air India, and the airplane is flown away to its home in India on Oct. 8.
- March 2013
March 1st, 2013Boeing announces an IT Centers of Excellence will be established in South Carolina.
- March 26, 2013
March 26th, 2013Recognized as 2012 Energy Star “Partner of the Year” for adopting a continuous energy management strategy and demonstrating improved energy performance through a corporate-wide energy program.
- May 2013
May 1st, 2013Boeing announces an Engineering Design Center will be established in South Carolina.
- May 2013
May 1st, 2013The first non-787 work is placed in South Carolina with the announcement of a new 737 MAX engine inlet design and assembly facility, known as Propulsion South Carolina.
- May 10, 2013
May 10th, 2013South Carolina legislature signs into law a bill approving $120 million in economic incentives to Boeing for further expansion in the state. Boeing commits to creating 2,000 new jobs and investing in excess of an additional $1 billion in South Carolina over the next eight years.
- May 23/28, 2013
May 23rd, 2013Boeing South Carolina delivers first 787-9 aft/midbody components to Everett Final Assembly.
- May 30, 2013
May 30th, 2013Boeing South Carolina wins Boeing Conservation Awards for LEED certification, site landscaping irrigation, Earth Day Every Day campaign and alternative paint cleaning process.
- September 10, 2013
September 10th, 2013Boeing awarded the 2013 Workplace in Diversity Award by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Diversity Council.
- November 12, 2013
November 12th, 2013Boeing recognized as the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist at the Association of Fundraising Professionals-South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter Philanthropy Day luncheon.
- December 12, 2013
December 12th, 2013Boeing announces it will expand Boeing Research & Technology presence in South Carolina.
- December 13, 2013
December 13th, 2013Boeing announces expansion plans for South Carolina to include a new paint facility, a new fire station, and a second autoclave to be used in aftbody fabrication.
- December 13, 2013
December 13th, 2013Boeing announces it will lease an additional 468 acres of property near its main campus to protect for any potential future growth.
- June 24, 2014
June 24th, 2014Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly transitions to three airplanes per month build rate.
- July 11, 2014
July 11th, 2014Boeing South Carolina breaks ground and begins clearing land in preparation for construction of its new 787 Dreamliner paint facility.
- July 11, 2014
July 11th, 2014Boeing receives approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a comprehensive wetlands mitigation plan to preserve approximately 4,000 acres of land, including more than 2,000 acres of wetlands, as part of the permitting process for the 468 acres of land Boeing announced in Dec. 2013.
- July 30, 2014
July 30th, 2014Boeing announces that final assembly of the 787-10, the newest and longest member of the 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes, will take place exclusively in North Charleston, S.C.
- October 16, 2014
October 16th, 2014Boeing South Carolina earns its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) from the Federal Aviation Administration.
- October 19, 2014
October 19th, 2014Boeing South Carolina participates in its first Boeing Humanitarian Delivery Flights program, partnering with Kenya Airways and First Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas. This was Kenya’s first humanitarian flight using a 787 Dreamliner.
- November 24, 2014
November 24th, 2014Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner, joining Everett, Wash., final assembly, which began 787-9 production in May 2013.
- November 25, 2014
November 25th, 2014Boeing South Carolina begins construction on its new 787 Dreamliner paint facility.
- December 16, 2014
December 16th, 2014Boeing announces community investments with MUSC and the Lowcountry Food Bank. The company will invest $5 million over five years with MUSC as part of the fundraising effort for a new children’s hospital and women’s pavilion, and $100,000 in support of the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Childhood Hunger Programs.
- December 16, 2014
December 16th, 2014Boeing South Carolina earns its delegation of authority from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), allowing the site to perform the Certification Walk and issue the Certificate of Sanitary Construction for 787-8 Dreamliners.