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SC Aerospace Adds Industry Partners

May 16, 2018 02:46PM ● By Kathleen Maris

SC Aerospace, an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, welcomes Lockheed Martin, Toray, Composite Resources, and Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) to its public-private partnership.

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 helps 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 and 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; more partnerships will be announced in the coming weeks.