With the economy in North Carolina continuing to show improvement, a$6.07 million economic development project was announced that will bring more than 100 jobs to Robeson County.
Atlantic Building Components & Services announced it selected Fairmont for its new truss manufacturing facility, which will employ approximately 105 people, the Robeson County Office of Economic Development announced.
“Atlantic Building Components considered several possible locations for this investment prior to making our choice Robeson County,” said Jimmy Broach Jr., President of the company. “In Fairmont we found a site that met our facility needs, had access to strong workforce assets and was capable of serving a growing regional housing market. We are appreciative of North Carolina’s leaders who were willing to work closely with our company to address our objectives for this expansion.”
The company is headquartered in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, and has three manufacturing sites currently in Moncks Corner, Easley, S.C., and Sparta, North Carolina. Those facilities employ more than 300 people total.
The truss manufacturer provides services for national and regional home builders, like D.R. Horton, Capitol City Homes, Dan Ryan Homes and others.
“We are excited about this opportunity in Robeson County and the proximity to the large growing markets in the Carolinas,” Broach said.
The Fairmont facility in Robeson County is expected to have two roof truss manufacturing lines, as well as one floor truss line. The agreement allows for minimum average wage to be around $48,706 for the jobs in Robeson County. The current average wage in Robeson County is $37,649, and the community is expected to see an economic impacts of $5 million annually thanks to the facility.
“It is a very rare occurrence indeed when a small town such as Fairmont can acquire a company of this caliber,” said Fairmont Mayor Charles Kemp. “The town of Fairmont considers this decision to locate here to be both a blessing and a very positive step in the growth of Fairmont. We wish to offer our hand in cooperation, assistance, and brotherhood to Atlantic Building Components as they begin the process of expanding their business. Fairmont is a caring community where we believe everybody counts. We hope that a positive and lasting relationship between our community and this fine company lasts for a very long time.”
The company will receive a $1,045,000 Job Development Incentive Grant for property renovations, as well as additional funds for training and building reuse.