FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The Vice President of Boeing talked about the company's own success story to help influence businesses in the Pee Dee. Mr. Judge Michael Luttig spoke at the Florence Civic Center Friday afternoon for their annual luncheon.
The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce invited Luttig to motivate and excite businesses. The Chamber President, Mike Miller said it was not a small accomplishment to get Luttig to come to Florence and speak, but it happened with the help of Senator Hugh Leatherman.
J. Micheal Luttig began his speech and said, "The people of the great state of South Carolina have proven not only it can be done, but it can be done better, faster and more efficiently."
Luttig talked about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner final assembly plant that opened in North Charleston, South Carolina back in 2009. He said since then, it has created more than 7,500 jobs for the area. Luttig explained the partnership it took with Senator Leatherman to help make that happen for the state.
"The aerospace industry creates $619 million in state tax revenue annually," Luttig added.
The Boeing South Carolina facility just started production on the 500th Dreamliner plane. Miller said his goal to bring Luttig to Florence was to show local business owners what can be done. Miller believes our economy is on the right path.
"All indications are, it's going to continue. We're just at the beginning here and a lot is going on today, and there's going to be a lot more going on tomorrow. I'm convinced of it," said Mike Miller.
"The Boeing company in this great state, the South Carolina sky is the only limit," Luttig said to the crowd. He added that with new jobs on the way, too, their location has proven to be a wise economic development and investment.
"Keeping business healthy, connected, opportunities to build relationships, not just among the chamber but among each other in the community, and we take that role pretty seriously. It's only going to grow, and it's not just going to grow in Charleston it's going to grow within the infrastructure that allows people to get to Charleston and our region is right in that path," Miller said.
He added although the Florence Chamber plays a small role in that, he believes they made a difference during the luncheon. Luttig wrapped up his speech by telling everyone Boeing plans to build airplanes in the Palmetto State for many generations.