Planes and ports were top of mind for members of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) at the local Charleston event on November 13, 2015. Sharon Miller Trackman, the America’s Director of Marketing for Qube Global Software, participated in the event both as an attendee and a sponsor. The group was educated on Charleston’s impressive and expanding industrial footprint.
Then everyone toured Boeing’s second 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility. This impressive industrial site represents Boeing’s commitment to becoming the company’s first 100 percent renewable energy site. Spanning 1.2 million square feet, the site fabricates, assembles and installs systems for aft (rear) fuselage sections of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner: here they also join and integrate mid-body fuselage sections. South Carolina is excited about Boeing’s plans for further expansion in 2016 with the completion of another state-of-the-art, 256,000 square-foot decorative paint facility.
The event continued discussions surrounding the city’s thriving Port Authority. Kara Ramsey, Manager of Cargo Development for the South Carolina State Ports Authority, led the group through the ports diverse logistics resources, pointing out their significant successes and growth. The Charleston port is the fastest growing port in the states since 2011. Growing nearly 14% in the 2015 fiscal year, these ports remain vital to the state, delivering $53 billion in annual statewide economic impact and providing every 1 in 11 jobs to state residents. “Being an active member in all that IAMC does, it’s a privilege to tour these industrial marvels,” stated Miller Trackman. “We can’t wait for more local chapters to jump on the band wagon to keep us up to date on what industrial real estate looks like around the country…and the globe.”