Charleston County announced the arrival of Pacific Rim Aerospace (PacRim), a provider of solutions for aerospace engineering applications. The expansion allows for more direct support of its customers in the growing aerospace sector of the Southeast region and the company expects to create at least 100 jobs in the area in the coming years.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this community and look forward to working with and developing local resources to ensure long-term quality and success to the region,” says Jill McCallum, founder and president of PacRim. “Starting small, we anticipate growth to exceed 100 new jobs in the coming years. Small businesses will play a key role in helping the region’s large companies meet their committed goals.”
In November 2013, McCallum toured the Charleston area as part of a group of 10 woman-owned companies viewing the Southeast region. Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, the company has been a longtime supplier of engineering services and solutions to the Boeing Company as well as governments, manufacturers, operators and private aircraft owners.
The growing demand for highly skilled engineers and engineering solutions in the region is why PacRim chose to come to South Carolina. The office, located at 215 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, represents the company’s first outside of Washington.
“Our educational assets, expanding engineering programs, and our supply of highly-skilled workers influenced Pacific Rim Aerospace’s decision to locate in the Charleston region,” noted Bob Whitten, chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance board. “With future plans underway to add a second facility in close proximity to Boeing in North Charleston, this successful, woman-owned company will be a tremendous asset to our community for many years to come.”
The Boeing Company’s commitment to supplier diversity is highlighted by a robust supplier development program that includes the Women in Manufacturing (WIM) initiative. WIM provides woman-owned business leaders an opportunity to network, discuss best practices, as well as tour several Boeing manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.
Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said, “With a more than 600 percent increase in aerospace jobs in South Carolina in the past five years, PacRim’s decision to locate here is more proof of the ‘Boeing effect’ on aerospace activity in our state.”
PacRim plans to continue its support of Boeing products and other customers in Washington State from its headquarters and to support Boeing and other regional aerospace activities in the Southeast region through its Charleston presence.