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Japan-Based Auto Parts Manufacturer FCC Expands Laurinburg, North Carolina

07/05/2017
FCC (North Carolina), a Japan-based manufacturer of automotive parts, will invest $826,500 to expand operations in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The company plans to create 28 jobs over three years in Scotland County.

The company is part of a global production network under the Japanese parent company FCC Co. Ltd. The company has two plants in Scotland County. One manufactures clutch and transmission parts, the other manufactures friction material. Primary customers include Honda, Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

“FCC (North Carolina) is excited about the expansion of our plant in Scotland County. The hard work and dedication of our associates and the support from Laurinburg, Scotland County and the State have made our first 16 years very successful,” said Wayne Cromartie, Administration Manager for FCC (North Carolina), LLC.

“Our company possesses some of the most advanced clutch technology in the marketplace today, and with strong state and local government partnerships, we are well positioned to pursue opportunities for further growth at FCC (North Carolina),” he added.

As an incentive, a performance-based grant of $90,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate FCC’s expansion in Scotland County. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“This project will transfer some of FCC’s production from Japan to North Carolina,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “FCC had other options, and the company decided to bring this business to our state because of our business climate, infrastructure and our people.”

N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in supporting the company’s final decision.

“I’m excited that FCC is bringing manufacturing production from overseas to Scotland County where people are eager and ready for these kinds of skilled jobs,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “Our efforts to recruit good jobs for North Carolina are focused on helping counties large and small, urban and rural succeed.”

“FCC’s expansion in Scotland County is welcome news for all of us,” said N.C. Senator Tom McInnis. “Our citizens continue to work hard to recover from Hurricane Matthew, and these jobs are part of our recovery.”

“We’re pleased to see new jobs coming to Scotland County,” said N.C. Representative Ken Goodman. “FCC (North Carolina) already employs more than 400 people here, and we welcome the company’s decision to expand in Scotland County.”

In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Scotland County, and the Scotland County Development Corporation.

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