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Boeing visits Horry County, MBREDC sees opportunity

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - With a potential new workforce in the audience, Boeing South Carolina spent Tuesday night building relationships in Horry County.

"Everyone in this room, and the fact that you're here on a Tuesday evening, that's why Boeing came to South Carolina,” said Jessica Jackson with the company.

The aviation powerhouse ran the audience through what it does and why it came to South Carolina. Representatives also talked about the opportunity they presented to folks all around the state.

Those representatives see Horry County as one place ready to seize that opportunity.

"I think there's definitely a really good potential base of our future workforce here,” Jackson said.

Leaders from one local organization saw opportunity in Boeing's visit as well.

New president and CEO of the MBREDC, Josh Kay, says the workforce in Horry County alone is something that should be appealing to the big name company.

He says he had a chance to meet Boeing representatives, and show what this area can offer.

"They've got 21,000 suppliers in their entire supply chain,” said Kay. “Are there possibilities for us to try and go after some of those suppliers? Absolutely."

A Boeing representative acknowledged the possibility but says that wasn't the purpose of this visit.

The company says it does have three suppliers in Horry County already though, and the supply base has room to grow.

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