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Manufacturing

May 22, 2018

NLRB rules to allow union election at Boeing S.C.

The National Labor Relations Board issued a decision to allow another union vote at Boeing South Carolina, scheduled for May 31. The NLRB decision said the unit of 178 Boeing S.C. flight readiness technicians and inspectors is an appropriate bargaining unit. Boeing said it will appeal the ruling. The International Asso[...]

May 10, 2018

Dig South: Indifference leads 1 manufacturer to a $500M buyout

Carey Smith said he never expected to sell his company for half a billion dollars. Smith launched Big Ass Solutions in Lexington, Ky., in 1999. The company manufactures large-scale fans and lights for residential and commercial customers. It ranked No. 3,096 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies with around $24[...]

Apr 2, 2018

Low Country Case & Millwork to expand operations

Low Country Case & Millwork plans to expand its Charleston County operations, building a 52,000-square-foot facility off Palmetto Commerce Parkway to accommodate larger projects, a news release said. The company will relocate from 3270 Benchmark Drive in Ladson. The firm manufactures and installs wood cabinets, countertops and panels for commercial customers; it also creates custom […]

Mar 29, 2018

Boeing computers hit by WannaCry virus

The WannaCry virus hit Boeing computers on Wednesday, causing alarm that data would be compromised or that jet production equipment would be brought down. The company said the threat has been eliminated. Boeing declined to comment on the situation directly, referring the Business Journal to a story in The Seattle Times. The Times reported that […]

Mar 26, 2018

Boeing delivers 1st 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines

Boeing S.C. delivered its first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines amid cheers Sunday night outside of Boeing’s delivery center in North Charleston. The first customer delivery of a new Boeing jet is a big deal on its own, culminating years of planning and marketing efforts, facility and tooling preparations[...]

Mar 19, 2018

Volvo Cars gears up for mass hiring, production

Volvo Cars has started producing prototypes of its new S60 sedan in Berkeley County, to prepare for full production by the end of the year. Those test cars will never make it to market; rather, they help new hires learn how to make the vehicles ahead of having to produce them in real time. The […]

Mar 16, 2018

Automotive plants spark supplier expansions

The Lowcountry attracted two major investments from automakers in 2015, and as those projects get closer to coming online, the state’s automotive supplier base continues to expand. Sweden-based Volvo Cars will begin production of the new S60 sedan at its new campus in Berkeley County in the fourth quarter. Germany-based Me[...]