Scotland County manufacturer FCC North Carolina to expand operations, add 66 jobs

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LAURINBURG - FCC North Carolina LLC, a manufacturer of automotive and all-terrain-vehicle components, plans to expand its operations in Scotland County, Gov. Bev Perdue's office said Monday.

The company expects to create 66 jobs and invest more than $57 million over the next three years in Laurinburg.

"My goodness, 66 jobs is phenomenal. That's great," said Brenda Gilbert, interim president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce. "You know what our unemployment is. The company is tried and true and been in Scotland for a while, so that even makes it better. That's significant."

Scotland County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 17.6 percent in June. The state's unemployment rate remained at 9.4 percent.

The company's salaries will vary by job, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be more than $1.8 million plus benefits, according to the governor's office.

FCC opened the Scotland County plant in Laurinburg in 2001. More than 140 people are now employed at the facility.

The plant manufactures clutches for small cars, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, along with ATV differential components, automotive transmission components and automotive differential components.

"This is a wonderful company," Gilbert said. "They've been great corporate partners in the Scotland County area."

FCC North Carolina is owned by FCC North America Inc., which falls under the ownership of FCC Co. Ltd. Japan.

The project was made possible in part by a $264,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides incentives to attract business projects. The grants require and are contingent upon local matches.

"My top priority is creating jobs," Perdue said in a news release. "Manufacturers know our job training programs are world-class, and that our highly skilled workers and top-notch business climate help them to thrive in a globally competitive market."

Source: http://fayobserver.com/articles/2012/08/06/1195397?sac=fo.business