Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.
Boeing South Carolina
June 26, 2017
Manufacture all three models of the 787 Dreamliner, interior components for the 787, engine parts for the 737 Max and 777X, and accompanying centers for information technology and research
Boeing plans to make the first involuntary layoffs at its North Charleston campus since operations began there. Fewer than 200 jobs will be affected in several departments: operations management; engineering, both management and non-management; quality managers, quality systems specialists and quality production specialists; industrial engineering; staff analysts and office administrators; and training. The Boeing Co. has been laying off thousands of workers at plants across the country, which company leaders have said are necessary in the Commercial Airplanes division to boost competitiveness with Boeing rival Airbus and to cut production costs.
DuPont Kevlar Unit
February 27, 2017
DuPont plans to close its Kevlar manufacturing plant in Berkeley County in June 2017 and relocate the operations to Richmond, Va., where the company runs a larger Kevlar facility. Corporate-wide capacity for this product exceeds current demand, so these operations will be absorbed into DuPont's larger Richmond plant, affecting 113 jobs in the Charleston area. The company plans to maintain its presence at the Cooper River site with its Hytrel manufacturing unit (local since the 1970s), which employs 50 people.