President Donald Trump will be speaking at the Boeing plant in North Charleston tomorrow at 12:30 pm for the rollout of the 787-10 Dreamliner passenger aircraft. The event is not open to the public.
The 787-10 was fully assembled at the North Charleston plant, which will be the sole producer. The plane has a range of 7500 miles and seats 330 passengers. Boeing says that it has 149 orders for the plane to date.
Boeing production workers defeated an effort to unionize yesterday. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) gathered enough signatures to trigger the vote but received only 26% of the 2828 eligible votes to unionize. South Carolina is one of the 25 right-to-work states which do not mandate union membership. South Carolina’s workforce has the lowest rate of union membership in the country at 1.6%.
Trump will use the rollout as an opportunity to tout American manufacturing and exports. Most of Boeing’s Dreamliner orders are to foreign countries. The 787-10 will soon undergo flight testing, with the first deliveries expected in early 2018.
There will be designated “free speech zones” for those interested in displaying signs or messages related to the Presidential visit in the vicinity of the North Charleston Coliseum on International Blvd. and Montague Ave.