First beam in place at new Boeing plant

      Crews have reached another milestone as they build Boeing Co.'s new South Carolina plant.

      The Post and Courier of Charleston reports company executives were on hand Monday to watch the first steel beam placed for the plant which will build Boeing's 787 jetliner.

      A rainy winter has kept construction managers scrambling, but the company still expects the 1.2 million square-foot North Charleston plant to open by July 2011. The facility will be big enough for two of the new jets to fit side-by-side.

      Boeing picked South Carolina to build its latest jetliner, expanding from its longtime Washington manufacturing base to take advantage of incentives and a nonunion work force.