Boeing's announcement to build a second Dreamliner production line in South Carolina was wonderful news. Growing our existing aerospace cluster with this new manufacturing facility will serve as a vital catalyst to create thousands of well-paying jobs for our state's citizens.
We are thankful for the political leaders who stepped up and made important decisions to secure this record-breaking deal. Having the vision to invest in companies that are willing to invest in us will go a long way in helping South Carolina remain competitive in the fast-paced global economy.
As we continue to analyze the impacts of the Boeing selection and any multiplier effects it will have on our state, let us use this news in a positive way to keep this momentum moving forward. The Boeing announcement should serve as an important reminder to business leaders, site selection consultants and developers throughout the United States and the world that South Carolina is a great place to do business.
It's no accident that Boeing selected Charleston to expand its aviation manufacturing capacity. The company played an important role in the decision of two of its 787 suppliers, Vought Aircraft Industries and Italy's Alenia Aeronautica, to build a fuselage assembly plant in the Lowcountry in 2004.
During that exciting December announcement, all three companies touted a strong business climate, an outstanding port, a nationally recognized technical workforce training program and a capable and skilled labor force among the reasons for locating in the Palmetto State. They have experienced these strengths firsthand as the fuselage assembly operations have come online and grown.
If you rewind the tape to 1992, when BMW announced it would build its first automotive assembly plant outside of Germany in the Upstate, many of these same accolades were given then. Over the years, companies with household names such as Michelin, Kimberly-Clark, General Electric, Honda, Roche and Adidas as well as thousands of lesser-known firms have chosen to establish and expand their presence in South Carolina because of our numerous strengths as a desirable business location. The recent announcements of American Titanium Works, Monster, Google, Navistar and DuPont clearly demonstrate the confidence of major companies to locate or expand in South Carolina.
We have an extensive transportation network of rail, land and sea components that gives South Carolina a competitive advantage in getting raw materials, parts and finished products to market in a fast and reliable manner. We live within a day-and-a-half drive of the country's fast-growing markets, and our ports are among the most productive and efficient in the world.
Another key selling point for South Carolina is our people.
We have long enjoyed a strong work ethic and a willingness to work hard for an honest day's wage. Our access to three top-flight research universities, our enviable technical college system and our extensive workforce training and apprenticeship programs are all valuable assets that members of the business community promote when announcing their decisions to invest capital and create jobs in South Carolina.
Add to these our temperate climate and abundance of natural resources and cultural amenities, and the choice seems clear. South Carolina is a great place to work, live and play. As we garner attention in the coming weeks and months from the Boeing announcement, let's take this opportunity to remind not only ourselves but also other business decision-makers around the world that South Carolina just may be the best choice for their companies and families as well.