Washington-based Boeing supplier opens office in Charleston, plans another

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published May 28, 2014

Pacific Rim Aerospace, a provider of aerospace engineering applications, has opened an office in downtown Charleston to support the growing aerospace sector in the Southeast, according to a news release from Gov. Nikki Haley’s office.

In addition to the new office at 215 East Bay St. near the Charleston City Market, the Kirkland, Wash.-based company plans to add a second local facility in North Charleston.

Pacific Rim Aerospace expects to create at least 100 jobs in the area in the coming years.

The company supplies engineering services and solutions to the Boeing Co., as well as governments, manufacturers, operators and private aircraft owners.

This is the company’s first expansion outside of Washington state. South Carolina’s growing demand for highly skilled engineering and engineering solutions attracted Pacific Rim to the state, the news release said.

Pacific Rim President Jill McCallum founded the company in 2007. McCallum first came to Charleston last year as part of Boeing’s Women in Manufacturing initiative, which brings female company owners to tour Boeing facilities around the United States.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this community and look forward to working with and developing local resources to ensure long-term quality and success to the region. ... Small businesses will play a key role in helping the region’s large companies meet their committed goals,” McCallum said in a statement.

Pacific Rim plans to continue supplying service to Boeing and other customers in Washington state from its headquarters, as well as to support Boeing and other regional aerospace activities in the Southeast.

“With a more than 600% increase in aerospace jobs in South Carolina in the past five years, Pacific Rim’s decision to locate here is more proof of the ‘Boeing effect’ on aerospace activity in our state,” Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in a statement.

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

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