Safran – a leading provider of systems and equipment for aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – has expanded its Charleston County footprint by constructing a new facility adjacent to its existing operations. This $7 million expansion is expected to create 15 new jobs.
Operating in the Charleston area since 2008, Safran is the provider of landing and braking systems, propulsion components, electrical wiring and electronics and engineering services for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Safran is the worldwide leader in wiring solutions and landing and braking systems and ranked second worldwide in electrical power generation for aircraft.
Located in Suite 107 of 8351 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in Ladson, S.C., the company’s new facility supports the assembly of wiring and landing gear activities for the Dreamliner. With the new facility already operational, Safran’s wire harness inventory management, delivery and repair services will continue. Additionally, the company is performing final assembly on the 787 landing gear to integrate wheel and brake system components.
“This growth demonstrates our long-term commitment to our customers,” says Peter Lengyel, president and CEO. “Through partnerships, organic growth and investment of $3 billion in the U.S. over the past few years in acquisitions and new facilities, Safran has gained new competencies to back our long-term strategy. As we approach nearly half a century of presence here, we will continue to create jobs and bring cutting-edge technologies to our U.S. customers.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Charleston County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
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