Aerospace

T-50A Trainers over the skies of Greenville?

The U.S. Air Force departed Donaldson Air Force Base 53 years ago. Since that time, the aviation industry in this area has seen significant growth as demonstrated by the establishment of Lockheed Martin’s Aircraft and Logistics Center (MRO) facility in 1997. However, never in the history of…


Is the climate right for Aerospace Growth in South Carolina?

The recent growth of aerospace business in South Carolina is undeniable. Although the aerospace industry is not new to the area, the addition of a Boeing final assembly plant in Charleston has certainly expanded the aerospace discussion to a whole new level. The South Carolina Commerce tag…


Rumors of problems, resurrection of old line, no problem for Lockheed

Rumors of problems with the F-35, and Congress wanting to resurrect the F-22, will not translate to problems for Lockheed Martin in Greenville. On April 20, a General Accountability Office report indicated significant problems with the F-35’s “brain” or Autonomic Logistics Information System could ground the entire…



GSP eyes access to the North, but little impact expected for manufacturing

While most do not anticipate a significant change to their bottom line, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s desire to open up flights to Canada could be a boon to some area manufacturers. In the wake of an announcement by GSP President Dave Edwards last week that the airport was seeking to…


Conference Highlights South Carolina’s Growing Aerospace Sector

HEAVY ATTENDANCE BY SENIOR EXECUTIVES Hundreds of senior executives from around the whole worldwide aerospace industry gathered last week in Charleston for the AviationWeek Group/SpeedNews annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference. SpeedNews said it was record-high attendance, including executives from numerous overseas aerospace firms. Deborah Cameron, Director of Aerospace…



South Carolina’s Manufacturers Wait and Watch on Bathroom Bill

Across the state, manufacturing companies are quiet as to what kind of an impact a proposed “bathroom bill” could have in South Carolina. With eyes toward what happens to North Carolina’s recently passed legislation that limits which bathroom one can use to one’s birth gender, manufacturers here…


Will Boeing cuts lead to job loss in South Carolina? Company Official says no

While Boeing is positioning to cut jobs globally, the cuts won’t impact the company’s operations in Charleston, a spokeswoman for the company said. On Wednesday, Boeing announced in an internal memo that it would cut 4,000 jobs by this summer to reduce costs and stay competitive. Some…