It occurs to me that I should make myself do more short contact-report-type posts, whenever I run into a newsmaker and pick up a tidbit.
So here’s one….
Yesterday, I ran into Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt (my long-ago managing editor) getting on the elevator heading up to his office. I expressed surprise that he wasn’t on his way to Germany with the governor.
He said he wasn’t needed on this trip. Anyway, he figures he’s done the trek to Germany enough, what with his years with BMW after he left the paper.
Noting that the trip is about building relationships with automobile manufacturing suppliers, he gave me his elevator speech on that topic before he got out on the 16th floor: South Carolina is now home to 250 such suppliers — 80 of them added since he’s been at Commerce.
I stuck out my hand and congratulated him on that. After all, one wants to encourage that kind of success.
How are they doing with the Boeing suppliers? That was the big sell on Boeing’s incentives…
As far as I’m aware, we’ve heard basically crickets from the aerospace industry.
I don’t know. Since the context was the Germany trip, that’s what we talked about on the brief elevator ride…