On July 15, 1916, William Boeing incorporated Pacific Aero Products Company and the Boeing Company was born. Since then, Boeing has spent its first 100 years in business focused on innovation in aeronautics and good corporate and community stewardship.
In 2009, Boeing took ownership of its plant in North Charleston, S.C. and announced the site as the location for a second final assembly site for the 787 Dreamliner program. Since then, the company has been praised as an integral part of the community having donated more than $28 million dollars to nonprofit organizations and volunteering staff time to more than 500 community projects throughout the state.
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Now, the company finds itself in a face-off with production workers who are considering whether or not they want to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union. Boeing says that South Carolina employees are respected for their contributions to the company and compensated fairly, but some front-line workers believe otherwise.
Timothy J. Keating, Senior Vice President of Government Operations, leads Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship organization. He sat down for a one-on-one conversation with The MinorityEye to discuss the union vote and outline Boeing’s long history of dedication to the communities it serves.