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Groundbreaking ceremony marks beginning of 737 Propulsion phase for Boeing South Carolina

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Boeing didn't necessarily have a on-time departure with 787's launch in Charleston and now they're trying again on a smaller scale.

The aircraft company plans to expand building on nearby land. Some take that as an indication they will stick with the Lowcountry for a long time to come.

There were a few bumps in the road trying to acquire the land but Mayor Keith Summey said they got the green light two weeks ago.

"Since it was property that came through the FAA (federal Aviation Authority) to create the airport, we have the signoff on that now and now and they'll be paying the aviation authority for the property," Summey said.

The company which began as producing 787s in North Charleston will now design and assemble a component of the engine for a 737. The manufacturing will take place in a 225,000 square foot building with many new employees.

"The building they're building on this is a thousand jobs and we're expecting other things to happen. We've gotten cleared up now the property they're getting from the Aviation Authority which is another 200 acres so we have plenty of room for them to expand," Summey said.

Boeing said construction for the facility will take about a year but they're already in the hiring process for new design engineer jobs, manufacturing technicians, and some new positions have already been filled.

Boeing said this is living up to a promise they made in April to add 2,000 jobs over an eight year period.

Count on News 2 to have more from the groundbreaking starting tomorrow morning on News 2 Today at 5a.m.

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