Expansionnets 115 jobsfor Scotland

LAURINBURG — Butler Manufacturing, a subsidiary of BlueScope Buildings North America, will bring 115 new jobs and $9.2 million of investment to Scotland County soon, state officials announced on Wednesday.

A manufacturer of prefabricated metal buildings for non-residential construction, BlueScope currently has some 140 employees in North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced the expansion at Butler’s Laurinburg plant. That investment, aided in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $402,500, will take place during the next three years.

“Manufacturing continues to be one of North Carolina’s bedrock industries,” McCrory said in a statement. “BlueScope Buildings’ expansion of its manufacturing operation in Scotland County shows its commitment to continue to grow in our state.”

The One North Carolina Fund provides financial assistance through local governments to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also are contingent upon local matches.

The jobs added at the Laurinburg plant will include fabrication and detail, welding and assembly, with an average salary of $38,393 — more than $5,000 above the county average.

“We are excited to announce the expansion of our Laurinburg plant,” said Dan Kumm, president of BlueScope Buildings North America. “We have a long standing history of operations in North Carolina dating back nearly 50 years with both our building brands, Butler Manufacturing and VP Buildings, and we look forward to growing our presence in a state that is dedicated to working closely with industry to develop talent in manufacturing.”

On Wednesday, Scotland County Manager Kevin Patterson, who handles the county’s industrial recruitment efforts in the absence of an economic development director, said that BlueScope’s $9.2 million investment will not involve a building expansion. Butler Manufacturing will install an additional two-shift production line to add a new process to the plant’s current operations.

In addition to the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other partners for this project include the North Carolina Community College System, NCWorks, Duke Energy and the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation.