Boeing plans to add up to 400 research jobs in N. Charleston

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 13, 2013

The Boeing Co. plans to establish an R&D center in North Charleston and hire between 300 and 400 research and technology employees the company said Thursday.

Today, Boeing also announced today that it acquired 468 acres in North Charleston to accommodate future growth in South Carolina, which includes the 267 acres it planned to close on today.

The land acquisition announcement comes the morning after Machinists union leaders rejected a Boeing counteroffer that would have secured the 777X work for Washington state.

In addition to North Charleston, Boeing plans to establish technology research centers in Huntsville, Ala., California, St. Louis and Seattle. The North Charleston center will focus on manufacturing technology, the company said.

Boeing’s research and technology teams will grow between 300 to 400 employees in Alabama and Missouri as well. As the centers are established, these R&D jobs will decrease by 800 to 1,200 in Washington state and by 200 to 300 in California.

These new research centers will restructure Boeing’s Research & Technology organization, the company’s main R&D unit.

The new centers will operate independently but cooperatively with one another and with Boeing technology centers in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Spain and Russia, the company said. The international centers research the environment, aviation safety, air traffic management and other areas.

“We are reorganizing and realigning our research-and-technology operations to better meet the needs of our Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space and Security business units, as well as our government R&D customers,” said Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology, in a statement.

The new research centers will consolidate R&D for Boeing for up to 30 years into the future. Boeing anticipates that they will “accelerate technical capability in specific fields and enhance and build networks of collaboration with university, industry and government research centers around the world.”

The new locations and centers are :

  • Huntsville, Ala.: Simulation and decision analytics; metals and chemical technology.
  • Southern California: Flight sciences; electronics and networked systems; structures.
  • St. Louis: Systems technology; digital aviation and support technology; metallics and fabrication development.
  • North Charleston: Manufacturing technology.
  • Seattle: Manufacturing technology integration.

The R&D unit will continue to provide manufacturing technology integration support at Boeing business unit production sites in Washington state, as well as Arizona, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or on Twitter @lizsegrist.

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Union rejects ‘final offer’ to keep 777X in Washington
Union, Boeing leaders meet on 777X
Alabama going after Boeing 777X assembly work
Boeing to pick 777X site within three months
Boeing to open up 777X competition to other sites
BREAKING NEWS: Union rejects Boeing 777X contract
Boeing breaks ground on propulsion facility
Washington state approves tax breaks for Boeing
Report: Union leader wants to withdraw 777X proposal
Wash. governor calls special Boeing vote for Thursday
Union, Boeing reach deal that would put 777X in Washington
Washington to make announcement on Boeing 777X
Boeing memo says some 777X work coming to S.C.

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