FAIRMONT — Atlantic Building Components & Services announced Thursday that it will create more than 100 jobs in the Fairmont area.
The company, headquartered in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, is a truss manufacturer. Renovations to the building on East White Pond Road, which was once home to N7, Munsing Wear and South Robeson Knitting Mills in its history, will begin as early as next week, company chairman Jimmy Broach said.
Fairmont Mayor Charles Kemp called the expansion “a blessing and a very positive step in Fairmont’s growth.”
The company expects to be fully functional by August and will work next week to coordinate hiring efforts, he said. Salaries start at $15 per hour and can exceed $18 per hour.
Broach said the area’s “vibe,” its people, and location near Interstate 95 made Fairmont the perfect fit.
He also said he felt like “God called us here.”
“Atlantic Building Components & Services customers include national and regional residential buildings including DR Horton, Capitol City Homes, Dan Ryan Homes and many more,” according to a joint Robeson County and NC Southeast press release. .
“The company aims to expand its manufacturing capabilities to support undersupplied domestic home building customers. The project would add two roof truss manufacturing lines and one floor truss manufacturing line to the company’s manufacturing presence,” the press release reads.
Deputy County Manager Shelton Hill beamed with joy Thursday as he attended the event.
Hill told The Robesonian the day was special for him, and he remembers starting work aged 16 in the building that once housed South Robeson Knitting Mills. His wife has actually retired from the site, he said.
“I’m thrilled,” he said of the building’s new use.
Jimmy and his wife Laura were warmly welcomed on Thursday as Robeson County Economic Director Channing Jones and Robeson County Board of Commissioners Wixie Stephens presented them with gift baskets to welcome them.
Jimmy also received a wooden bowl made from a tree that once stood over the state capitol for decades until lightning struck. The bowl was a state ceremonial gift presented by Commerce Finance Center Director Mark Poole as a “symbol of craftsmanship and excellence to celebrate these qualities in your business”.
Poole said with the expansion, more than $5 million would flow into the local economy.
He also said the company’s expansion to the Fairmont site would not have been possible without “the commitment of local leaders.”
State and local leaders were also recognized and thanked for their efforts in the project.
“We’ve always relied on great partners to win new business and create jobs, but this project required a particularly long list of allies and advocates,” said Channing Jones, executive director of the county’s Office of Economic Development. of Robeson in the press release.
Among the agencies that partnered to make the project possible were Robeson Community College, the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the Robeson County Committee of 100, NC’s Southeast, and the North Carolina Department of Commerce, according to the press release.
Jones also thanked Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP for playing “an integral role in bringing this project to the finish line.”
“Through the collaborative effort of this team, Atlantic Building Components will receive $1,045,000 million in Job Development Capital Grant (JDIG) funds to renovate the property as needed, as well as $136 $500 in training dollars through NC Community College System Custom Training. Program, and $500,000 is pending for the reuse of RIA buildings,” the statement read.
Poole said in 2021, Robeson County attracted $26.6 million in investment and more than 300 jobs. The state created more than 24,000 new jobs during this period. Governor Roy Cooper announced the creation of 16,400 new jobs statewide in 2022.
Poole also said the manufacturing sector accounts for 16% of the state’s gross domestic product, worth more than $96 billion a year.
“I look forward to many successful years of growth from this business,” Broach said Thursday.
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