Local manufacturer FCC plans an expansion of operations that will create 66 additional jobs. Part of the expansion includes the purchase of the County-owned spec building at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport. $57.6 million of new investment also will be in the company’s current facility in Laurel Hill.
FCC will use the spec building to bring paper production capacity to its North American operations.
Chairman Bob Davis said, "The decision highlights FCC's belief in the County workforce. In addition, we continue to see the importance of existing industry and the significant impact that existing industry has on our community."
FCC (North Carolina), LLC possesses some of the most advanced clutch technology in the marketplace today. "With strong state and local government partnerships, we are well positioned to pursue opportunities for further growth at FCC (North Carolina), LLC," said Bob Kendall, a company spokesman.
Joyce McDow, Chair of the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation, said, "The FCC expansion sends a positive message throughout Scotland County. An industry that has served us well is growing. We thank the FCC Management Team for selecting Scotland County for this expansion, and we look forward to a long and positive relationship with FCC as it continues to bring job opportunities in our County."
"The selection of the site at Laurinburg Maxton Airport by FCC is the culmination of many hours of hard work by Economic Developer Greg Icard, and a commitment by one of our current industries to increase its presence in Scotland County and make an investment, which will provide more jobs for Scotland County citizens," said Laurinburg City Mayor Tommy Parker.
Icard said, "The announcement demonstrates that hard work continues to bring positive results for Scotland County, which translates into additional opportunities for employment for the citizens. FCC continues to see Scotland County as an important and vital partner in its strategic plans for growth."
"This is a reinforcement of our planned efforts to diversify our economic development approach of working with existing industry in retention and expansion, business recruitment and entrepreneurship programs," Icard explaibned.
FCC (North Carolina), LLC manufactures transmission components and clutches for the automotive and power sport industries at its Laurel Hill facility where it employs 140 people. The 44,000-square-foot spec building will house a friction paper material manufacturing plant. Production is planned to begin in the fall of 2013.