Aerospace Soars in Horry County
Robust infrastructure, access to nearby ports, and competitive land and labor costs are among the top reasons Myrtle Beach is an aviation hub in the Southeast. Access to the International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP) – a 460-acre aerospace and technology park – is another asset our region retains and one that offers incredible amenities to a potential aviation outfit. New and existing companies that create jobs in the aerospace/aviation fields are eligible to receive a tax credit of up to $9,000 per job.
Aerospace Success Stories in Myrtle Beach
Kingman Airline Services, Executive Helijet, Chippewa Aerospace, Zephyr International, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics all call Horry County home. In 2016, Kingman Airline Services and Executive Helijet located and expanded (respectively) in our region, making significant contributions to our economy. Kingman Airline Services created 180 new jobs and invested $2.5 million. Executive Helijet created 75 jobs and invested $1.1 million over five years.
“I was attracted to Horry County by their capabilities and culture. Horry County has experienced, hands-on people committed to partnering with companies to improve and grow their business. We are very excited to join the Myrtle Beach community.” – Kevin Dolan, President, Kingman Airline Service
“This is a wonderful result of the efforts of the MBREDC, Horry County Department of Airports, the City of Myrtle Beach, and Horry County. The result of this combined collaboration has seen the demand for aviation business growth for both Myrtle Beach International Airport and Executive Helijet. This expansion will position us to meet this increased business demand and to provide job growth in the aviation sector and for the residents of Horry County.” – Jeremy Bass, CEO, Executive Helijet
Aerospace workforce has grown by 600% in the last 10 years thanks to strong workforce development programs in the Myrtle Beach region.
- ReadySC is a world-class training program offered through South Carolina’s technical college system. ReadySC has partnered with aerospace companies like Global Aeronautica, Vought, and Boeing to meet each company’s talent needs.
- The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics – ranked as a top two-year trade school in 2017 by Forbes – offers workforce training at the International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP) in Myrtle Beach. The Aviation Maintenance Technology Program prepares students for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification Exams.
- Workforce training is available at Horry Georgetown Technical College, as well as nearby Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT), where customized training, manufacturing startup assistance, and consulting services are available. The institution also boasts an Advanced Manufacturing Center, a Virtual Reality Center, and a National Robotics Center.