Birds take flight at Boeing’s construction site

Birds take flight at Boeing’s construction site

Monday, January 3, 2011
The new Boeing 787 assembly plant (left) will be supplied with fuselage sections from the company’s two existing fuselage factories at Charleston International Airport.

Construction workers who’ve helped build Boeing Co. ‘s 787 jet assembly plant in North Charleston know how to celebrate a job safely done. More than 1,000 employees received free turkeys from general contractor BE&K/Turner Joint Venture, a reward for logging more than 2 million working hours without a lost-time incident.
Construction workers celebrated the event Tuesday.
The aerospace giant’s $750 million manufacturing plant, which will turn out three Dreamliner jets per month when fully operational, is expected to open in July.
“The entire joint venture team has made safety a full-time priority on the job site,” said Kenny Anderson, construction manager for BE&K/Turner in a written statement. “Reaching 2 million labor-hours without a lost-time incident is a remarkable accomplishment for which everyone associated with this project should be extremely proud.”
Workers passed the 1 million accident-free hours shortly before they placed the final major piece of steel atop the 1.2 million-square-foot building in September. Once the building’s metal skeleton was completed, the number of workers at the site surged to at least 1,400.
The mammoth structure is being built alongside two existing Boeing 787 fuselage plants, which combined only took 750,000 labor hours to erect.

Cru cut
It’s a new year and a slow month, making it an ideal time to take care of some housekeeping.
That’s the thinking at Cru Cafe, which will close down Jan. 16-24 so that chef and owner John Zucker can spruce up the downtown Charleston establishment. The minor renovation project includes installing a new hood vent in the kitchen.
The Pinckney Street restaurant will reopen Jan. 25.

Beach bust
An Edisto Beach landmark is on the auction block.
The oceanfront Pavilion, which is currently leased to a company that operates a bar, restaurant and gift shop called the Enterprise Pavilion, fell in to foreclosure after the building owner, Collins Pavilion Corp. , fell behind on its bank loan, according to a recent report in Walterboro’s Press & Standard. A court-supervised sale of the Palmetto Boulevard property is set for Jan. 10 at the Colleton County Courthouse.

Where house?
Savannah is claiming a port-driven victory in the economic development and maritime rivalry between it and Charleston.
According to a recent report in the Savannah Morning News, home furnishings manufacturer JLA Home passed over the Holy City for an assembly and distribution center. Fremont, Calif.-based JLA, a subsidiary of China’s E&E Co. Ltd., expects to open in Savannah sometime in the spring and employ about 100 workers, who will piece together pet beds brought in through the local port.
The company paid $20.6 million for its 689,400-square-foot industrial building about four miles from the Georgia Ports Authority‘s Garden City Terminal. Charleston has few if any buildings of that size available right now.

Free help, for longer
A portion of a giant $73 million federal grant has trickled down to South Carolina nonprofits, which will keep housing counseling services free throughout the state.
South Carolina-based agencies took in $357,126.50 total. Family Services Inc. , the Charleston Area Community Development Corp. and Trident United Way accounted for more than half of that amount.
Some of that money is to extend free foreclosure counseling services, which link struggling homeowners with a counselor who can try to negotiate with a lender for a lower mortgage payment.
North Charleston-based Family Services got $70,000 to spend on eight foreclosure specialists. The remaining money is for educating consumers about adopting better spending habits.

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