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      Boeing to mentor Hartsville company, creating jobs

      JBE Inc. is one of the largest minority-owned companies in South Carolina. / Tonya Brown

      JBE, Inc., of Hartsville, says it's one of three South Carolina companies chosen by The Boeing Company for a mentoring program.

      Boeing is constructing a $750 million aircraft assembly plant in North Charleston.

      JBE Inc., was founded in 1982. The family owned business provides manufacturing services to the automotive, paper, recreational, and textile industries and employs 70 people.

      The company has contracts with several multi-million dollar companies including Honda, Sonoco, Cummins, and A.O Smith.

      JBE Inc owner Jerry Ellison says through the mentoring project, The Boeing Company will provide technological, managerial and industry-support mentoring and skills augmentation and help with their diversification and growth.

      The ultimate goal of the mentoring partnership is to help JBE Inc. receive its AS9100 Aerospace Certification so that the company will be able to get a contract with Boeing and other companies in the aerospace industry.

      Ellison is hoping to have the aerospace certification in the next few months , and at that time JBE expects to have a contract with Boeing and will begin hiring more people.

      At this time, Ellison can't say how many jobs the partnership will create, but he did say it would be a significant number.

      Ellison says Boeing has committed a 40 to 50 year relationship with his company.

      He believes Boeing chose his company because of JBE, Inc.'s reputation of providing quality work for customers.

      JBE Inc. is a multi-million dollar business, and is one of the largest minority-owned companies in South Carolina.