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Aerospace supplier expands Lowcountry operations

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A French aerospace supplier with Lowcountry operations has expanded to increase its support of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner production in North Charleston.

Safran has invested $7 million to expand its existing Charleston County operations with a new facility, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Commerce.

The new building, at 8351 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in Ladson, sits adjacent to Safran’s existing facility, which the company launched in 2008. The expansion is expected to create 15 jobs, the release said.

Safran produces systems and equipment for aircraft, including Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which is built in North Charleston and Everett, Wash.

Safran makes landing and braking systems, propulsion components, electrical wiring and electronics and engineering services for the 787.

The new facility will support the assembly of wiring and landing gear components for the Dreamliner, the release said. Safran also performs final assembly on the 787 landing gear to integrate wheel and brake system components.

“Partnering with the Safran Electrical & Power team will enhance the company’s support capabilities for the Boeing 787 final assembly line and provide optimized and custom solutions for our customer,” said Deane Weatherby, vice president of North American Programs at Safran Landing Systems, in the release.

The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 set-aside grant to Charleston County to assist with improving the company’s property.

“It is with much anticipated excitement that we are opening this new facility with a capital investment of $7 million in South Carolina, a rapidly booming aerospace cluster,” Paul McDowell, general manager for Safran Electrical & Power Charleston, said in the release.

Safran has more than 70,000 employees globally.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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