SC Aerospace Welcomes Four New Partners into Industry Cluster Initiative

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

SC Aerospace, an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, welcomes four new additions to its public-private partnership:

Lockheed Martin

Toray

Composite Resources

Charleston Regional Development Alliance

As partners, these organizations join SC Aerospace in its mission to advance and market South Carolina’s aerospace industry cluster on the global stage.

"I am excited to welcome our new partners to the SC Aerospace cluster, and am very grateful for all of the companies who are continuing to support this initiative. We have seen major achievements for the aerospace cluster in recent years, and our successes are dependent on partnerships like these with industry, academia, and government,” said SC Aerospace Director, Adrianne Beasley.

SC Aerospace uses a rigorous approach to help partners establish, re-establish, and manage relationships with suppliers, OEMs, and potential workforce. Among other things, the initiative works to grow the aerospace cluster, expand the talent pipeline to serve the aerospace cluster, and enhance research and innovation, all of which, in turn, grows the South Carolina economy.

“Aerospace in South Carolina has experienced remarkable expansion, making South Carolina one of the nation’s most competitive locations for the aerospace industry,” said Susie Shannon, President & CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. “Chief Executive magazine recently listed aerospace as one of South Carolina’s key sectors, largely due to its partnerships; and as the industry continues to grow, these collaborative efforts will become increasingly necessary to advancing South Carolina’s aerospace cluster.”

These partnerships are the first of several to officially join SC Aerospace in 2018; additional partnerships will be announced in the coming weeks.