FCC Breaks ground at industrial park


FCC North Carolina, LLC, reaffirmed its commitment to doing business in Scotland County witha groundbreaking ceremony at a site adjacent to the Small Business Innovation Center (SBIC).

The company plans to build a 160,000-square-foot paper production plant at the site on US 401 Bypass at Heck Norton Road. FCC also is in the process of expanding by 90,000-square-feet at its current 143,000-square-foot Laurel Hill facility.

The company is making an $80 million investment in the community and intends to create more than 90 jobs.

"A day like today means a lot in our community," said Chairman Guy McCook. "It means we get to grow and become a larger, more vital community."

McCook told the more than 50 people assembled to celebrate the groundbreaking that the project became reality because the community worked collaboratively. "Because of the collaboratoive effort, we welcome FCC as the first buiding at the SBIC industrial site."

FCC began production at its Laurel Hill plant in 2001, which involves manufacturing processes that include the assembly of clutches, ATVs and the segmented friction process. Ford and Chrysler soon will join FCC customers Honda and Suzuki.

Economic Development Director Greg Icard said, "This is the beginning of a process, and it is a great day for FCC, the County and the City of Laurinburg."