COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 25 -- The South Carolina Department of Commerce issued the following news release:
Kaman Engineering Services, subsidiary of Kaman Aerospace Group, has opened a new office at the Clemson University Restoration Institute Campus (CURI) in North Charleston. The announcement came today at the 2014 HAI HELI-EXPO, a trade show being held in Anaheim, California.
Based in Everett, Wash., Kaman Engineering Services' new regional office will support the growing aerospace demands in the Southeastern United States, according to Jim Larwood, president of Kaman Aerosystems.
Kaman has been awarded a purchase order to utilize its extensive experience working with Boeing's 787 program structures team to support production of the 787 Dreamliner in the role of Stress Liaison. In addition to the CURI office, a team of Kaman employees will be co-located near Boeing'sNorth Charleston production facility.
Kaman Engineering Services was presented with Boeing Supplier of the Year award for its exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing's overall success during 2012. The company was one of 16 out of suppliers located in 50 countries to receive the award.
"Kaman Engineering Services provides a unique, high-level engineering skill set and competency that perfectly aligns with the needs of Boeing South Carolina's operation. This investment is one of several investments in Kaman's strategy of geographic diversification, and we are pleased to be a part of the growing research and development community in the Charleston region." -Jim Larwood, president of Kaman Aerosystems
"The Aerospace sector is a major driver for our state's economy. Seeing Boeing suppliers like Kaman Engineering Services opening new offices in South Carolina speaks volumes for our economic future and we celebrate with them as they establish their new office in Charleston County." - Gov. Nikki Haley
"There are more than 200 aerospace-related manufacturing companies and suppliers in our state today, employing more than 23,000 South Carolinians. The Palmetto State is grateful to have companies like Kaman to partner with an existing industry to bring quality jobs and propel our economy forward." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"Congratulations to Kaman Engineering Services on opening a North Charleston office. Charleston County represents fertile ground for aerospace, energy systems and many other engineering disciplines, and Kaman's decisions to locate here is a testament to our high tech sector's exponential growth. Charleston County looks forward to partnering with Kaman over the long term, as the company explores our market's full potential." -Teddie Pryor, Charleston County Council chairman
"I am honored to welcome Kaman Engineering Services to the City of North Charleston. We commit to Kaman and to our expanding aerospace & engineering sectors that our community will remain business friendly. Significant capital investments and increased opportunities for quality new jobs, as Kaman is providing, continue to strengthen our City." -North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
"We are delighted to welcome another innovative company to Clemson University's graduate campus in the Charleston region. Our campus is built on a foundation of applied research and public-private partnerships, and Kaman's diversified portfolio makes this leading aerospace and industrial distribution company an ideal new partner." -Nikolaos Rigas, CURI executive director
"We've been talking with Kaman Aerospace for some time about the competitive advantages the Charleston region offers. As a Boeing supplier, the presence of the world's most advanced drivetrain testing facility in our market, coupled with our educational assets, customized training programs, and our supply of highly-skilled workers were critical factors in Kaman Engineering's decision to be one of the first few companies to locate on Clemson's Energy Systems Campus in close proximity to Boeing SC. This company will be a tremendous asset to our community for many years to come."
- Bob Whitten, Charleston Regional Development Alliance board chairman
FIVE FAST FACTS
* Kaman Engineering Services opening new engineering services office in North Charleston.
* Office will be at Clemson University Restoration Institute Camus (CURI).
* Kaman has been awarded a purchase order to support production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the role of Stress Liaison.
* There are more than 200 waiting on research aerospace manufacturing companies and suppliers, employing more than 23,000 South Carolinians.
* Kaman will be co-located with Boeing'sNorth Charleston production facility, with additional support staff in Everett, Wash.
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