Published April 19, 2012
The S.C. Department of Commerce has picked Charlie Farrell, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot and business owner, to lead a new Aerospace Task Force.
Director of the S.C. Aerospace Task Force
“Boeing is our grand slam. Our challenge is to leverage that success with other great assets for South Carolina, including government, industry and education,” Farrell said.
Farrell flew more than 3,000 hours as a fighter pilot for the Marine Corps and Air National Guard before owning two commercial printing companies then moving into professional development training. The Commerce Department said Farrell has conducted more than 3,000 leadership and training programs for clients such as General Electric, 3M, Mayo Clinic, Federal Reserve Bank, Ocean Spray Cranberry and Michelin.
“With a rich history in aviation, South Carolina now has a vibrant and growing aerospace industry that includes everything from aircraft manufacturing to space technology and defense,” Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said. “The task force will provide an even better framework to support this industry through statewide communication and collaboration.”
South Carolina has more than 180 aerospace manufacturing companies and suppliers, employing more than 20,000 people, the Commerce Department said, including Boeing, Champion Aerospace, Eaton, General Electric, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin and Michelin Aircraft Tire.