Boeing construction set to begin, workers needed

As Boeing makes preparations to open its new assembly line by 2012, construction jobs are opening now to help get the North Charleston site ready for business. Boeing chose North Charleston for its new 787 jetliner assembly line. Thousands of workers are in need of a job, and Boeing will provide many with different opportunities.
Ray Maher with the Charleston Construction Association says what they need: “What we’re looking for the construction community is to provide the support people to actually turn the screws and be putting up red iron and pouring the concrete and building their tunnels and doing all their site work,” says Maher.
Maher says some contractors will begin hiring in about two to three months to build facilities near the Charleston International Airport. These construction companies hope to have all positions filled by Spring 2010. Some workers will start putting steel in place for the new plant in April. Maher says these new jobs will make a positive shift in unemployment figures.
“It will certainly change the market place to where people are going to be working by this company coming into town and the amount of demand it’s going to take to get this. We’re talking about 24-hour a day site work operations to get started,” says Maher.
Boeing expects to open the North Charleston facility in January 2012.