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SC Aerospace adds 4 partners

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SC Aerospace, a South Carolina Council on Competitiveness initiative designed to market the state’s aerospace industry, has added four organizations to its public-private partnership.

Lockheed Martin, Toray, Composite Resources and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance are now partners in the group’s goal of advancing S.C.’s aerospace industry on a 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,” SC Aerospace director Adrianne Beasley said in a news release. “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.”

SC Aerospace, which is also supported by the S.C. Department of Commerce, aims to enhance aerospace research and innovation, expand the state’s talent pipeline and build a competitive infrastructure and business environment.

“SC Aerospace is a valued partner in strengthening and growing the state’s aerospace industry, and Lockheed Martin is proud to support the important work that it has done and will continue to do in broadening this sector,” said Lockheed spokeswoman Leslie Farmer.

David Ginn, president and CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said aerospace, fueled by the area’s relationship with Boeing, is a “key component” of Charleston’s economic development.

“With an expanding supplier base, a skilled talent pool and our region’s long-term growth strategy, we’re going to have a great future together,” Ginn said.

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