BlueScope Buildings North America has a long-standing history of operations in North Carolina dating back nearly 50 years withtwobuilding-products brands: Butler Manufacturing and VP Buildings. The manufacturer of metal and pre-engineered commercial building materials, announced in June plans to expand its Scotland County manufacturing plant and add 115 new job positions over the next three years.
The subsidiary of Australia’s BlueScope Steel Ltd. (ASX: BSL) builds on an existing workforce of over 140 in Laurinburg. It is now investing another $9.2 million in the plant, which produces metal commercial structures like aircraft hangars, warehouses and retail buildings. Company officials said they appreciate the state’s eagerness to collaborate with industry in developing its manufacturing workforce.
The Southeastern Partnership collaborated with Scotland County leaders and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina in facilitating BlueScope’s expansion. The North Carolina Community College System, NCWorks, the North Carolina departments of Commerce and Revenue, Duke Energy and Scotland County Economic Development Corp.alsowerekey players in the project. “Scotland County can always use more good jobs,” said N.C. Representative Ken Goodman. “These new jobs at BlueScope Buildings will be a great addition to our workforce and this expansion will broaden the tax base in Scotland County.”