Haley: Boeing planning $1 billion expansion in SC

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley says the Boeing Co. is planning to invest $1 billion at its North Charleston plant, creating 2,000 new jobs.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Tuesday that Haley says the expansion at the 787 assembly facility will happen by 2020.

Company spokeswoman Candy Eslinger on Tuesday confirmed the expansion at the company's $750 million 787 assembly plant in North Charleston. The first 787 made in South Carolina rolled off the assembly line a year ago.

Eslinger says that the company is committed to the investment to qualify for economic development incentives being proposed this week in the state General Assembly.

Lawmakers say they've been told the company will establish an information technology center that would create about 1,000 jobs. The rest would be made up of 787 engineers and production employees.

State Sen. Hugh Leatherman introduced a measure on Tuesday for the state to provide $120 million in incentives to the company to offset Boeing's upfront expansion costs, like site preparation and utility expenses.

Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt says the incentive package is very similar to one the state offered BMW when its plant in the Upstate expanded after originally opening in the 1990s.