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Monday, November 30, 2009

Boeing Chooses Charleston, Greenville Profiled in US Airways In-Flight Magazine, Bikeville, New Suspension Bridge

Boeing Chooses Charleston for Assembly Plant Location
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In the wake of Boeing choosing North Charleston as the location of its new assembly plant for the 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, Greenville got some good news that three local companies will be involved in the process. Global Performance, a spin-off group of executives from Fluor Corporation that is owned by Mustang of Houston, will act as the owner's representative and oversee the design and construction of the project. The actual design and construction work goes to a joint venture of BE&K Building Group of Charlotte, Turner Construction of New York, and BRPH of Melbourne Florida, all of whom worked on other aircraft projects at the same campus where the Dreamliner plant will be located. BE&K's regional office in Greenville will act as the headquarters for the joint venture team. According to Global Performance, about 1000 workers will be on the plant construction job at its height with 2,000 to 3,000 employed over the lifetime of the project. The facility will be 600 feet wide, 1,000 feet long and will have a 460 foot clear span. It is expected to be completed in early 2012.

CMC South Carolina Steel, headquartered nearby in Taylors, has also been selected to design and fabricate the steel for the new plant and will supply product from its five South Carolina plants.

Greenville Profiled in US Airways In-Flight Magazine
Greenville has been chosen to be profiled in the March 2010 issue of US Airways in-flight magazine, and will appear on the magazine's website for one year. The article will describe many of the unique cultural, business and lifestyle features for which Greenville has become famous. US Airways is one of the top carriers into the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and touts about 52 million annual passengers worldwide. For past city profiles by US Air, click here.

Bikeville of Greenville
Greenville SCAfter three years of hard work and upgrades to city streets, Greenville has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a "Bicycle Friendly Community". The effort began in 2006 with the advent of "Bikeville" and included a daunting list of the League's action items centered on engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation & planning. Over the past years, the city has put in eight miles of bike lanes with five more planned for the upcoming year. There is a user-friendly bike lane map and move information at the Bikeville site.

New Suspension Bridge at Conestee Nature Park
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If you haven't been out to the Conestee Nature Park lately, you'll now notice a 216-foot suspension bridge that connects the eastern portion of the park with the extensive foot trails in western section. The bridge provides a key link to a planned 10-mile trail system in the park, which will also be the terminus to the 20-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail. The 400-acre park features some nice, peaceful walking with a lot of wildlife and bird viewing for naturalists. The park is located six miles south of downtown Greenville on the Reedy River, south of I-85, and behind the old Greenville Braves baseball stadium.

Greenville SC WeatherCurrent Weather
We are thankful for great weather last weekend that finished up the Thanksgiving holidays, but it looks like rain will be likely early this week with highs around 60. Expect clearing and cooler by Thursday with highs in the 50s.

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