Gov. Sanford's statement on Boeing groundbreaking

Published: Nov. 20, 2009 at 4:14 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Mark Sanford on Friday joined state and local leaders and existing Boeing employees in officially breaking ground for Boeing Company's new facility that will house the second production line for the 787 Dreamliner. Below are his comments:

"This groundbreaking sets into motion what we believe will be revolutionary and indeed generational changes to our state's economy," said Gov. Mark Sanford. "Not only for the thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in investment - in fact, the largest announcement in South Carolina history - but also for the way Boeing's expansion will spur on an already growing aerospace hub in our state, this is extremely good news. Yet it's also a challenge: a challenge to not rest on our laurels and instead redouble efforts to improve our state's business climate; a challenge to use this momentum to push through tough economic headwinds; and a challenge to capitalize on this renewed cooperation between political leadership in Columbia and hard-working citizens across the state to make South Carolina a better place to live, work and raise a family.

"I'd again express appreciation to existing Boeing employees in the Lowcountry for their confidence in Boeing's management, to the Boeing Company for returning that confidence, to Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor and his team for their tireless efforts, to U.S. Senator Graham and S.C. Senator Leatherman and other legislators for their vital role, and to the many local leaders and stakeholders for their help in making this record-setting day possible."