Leaders hope to bring Boeing plant to Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - County officials say they will pursue the huge Boeing 777X project that may move from the Seattle area.

After a joint delegation meeting Monday between the Myrtle Beach City Council and Horry County Council, Horry County leaders announced that they want Boeing to consider our area for its new parts manufacturing plant.

Boeing netted about $100 billion in orders at the first day of the Dubai Airshow Sunday, including a deal with Dubai's Emirates Airline: 150 777X planes for $76 billion, CNN reports.

Leaders say they're trying to bring Boeing into the area after a machinist union in Oregon voted down an incentives package that would have brought the jobs there.

City and county leaders say they're hoping the new taxiway that's being installed at the now-empty ITAP facility can help them boost their chances, if the opportunity arises. Horry County has recently received grants to build a ramp and taxiway at ITAP. Leaders hope these improvements will be the hook needed to attract big business to Myrtle Beach.

"You just let the contracts out to attach us to the runway now through grant money that we have received, so it's going to be ready and we are going to be showing it off to the world and trying to bring in business," said Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus.

Lazarus said that Horry County is a logical destination, with a large Boeing plant close by in the Low County.

"They all did a great job getting the Boeing plant into North Charleston - to get the next development here in Horry County would be huge," he said.

The county is also looking at hiring a site selection consultant to help bring in potential business.

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