Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the announcement Vought Aircraft Industries and Alenia Aeronautica will open a plant in North Charleston.
“Today’s decision by Vought-Alenia to locate a new facility in South Carolina is one of the most important economic development events in recent memory. South Carolina is fortunate to welcome world-class aviation entrepreneurs to our state’s business community.
“Governor Sanford and Secretary Faith overcame unbelievable competition to turn this day into reality. The business proposal they put together demonstrated a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial economy and how our state can be a valuable partner in such endeavors. I had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand their efforts to make this a winning agreement for all parties. They did a great job and deserve much praise for today’s announcement.
“This truly is a defining moment in South Carolina’s efforts to diversify our economy and help lay the foundation for other business opportunities in the aviation industry.”