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Boeing adding SC paint facility, acquires land

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CHARLESTON, SC (AP) -

Boeing has announced more details of its expansion in South Carolina.

The aeronautics company said Friday it will begin construction next year on a building to paint the 787 Dreamliners built in its North Charleston assembly plant.

The facility should be operational by mid-2016.

Currently, 787s built in South Carolina are flown to Fort Worth, Texas, to be painted with airline logos and then are returned to South Carolina for final preparation.

Boeing has also reached a long-term lease with Palmetto Railways, a division of the state Commerce Department, for about 470 additional acres in North Charleston. The lease is to protect the land for future growth.

Earlier this year, Boeing announced it will invest another $1.1 billion and create 2,000 new jobs in South Carolina over eight years.

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