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Boeing putting S.C. ‘on radar screen’

Jul 29, 2010 11:02:00 PM - thestate.com

Perhaps South Carolina’s grandest aerospace industry endorsement flew into the Farnborough International Airshow last week.

The 787 Dreamliner jet, Boeing Co.’s first new passenger plane in more than a decade, made its European debut at the weeklong event outside London.

As the plane landed, a troupe of South Carolina economic development officials was on hand, eager to remind aerospace executives and aviation insiders of the state’s up-and-coming presence within the industry.

“This year, we could point to the airplane and say, ‘That’s what we’re going to be making,’” said Jack Ellenberg, deputy secretary for new investment at the S.C. Department of Commerce.