BRP to expand operations in North Carolina

Publish Date: 
Apr 18, 2012

BRP will be expanding its operations in Spruce Pine, N.C., creating 70 jobs and investing $1.1 million over the next three years.

BRP currently employs more than 160 people at the facility, which makes aluminum castings and provides foam models for outside customers in the automotive, trucking, railroad, construction and alternative energy industries.

“Many of our engine components are built right here in North Carolina. We look forward to expanding our lost foam casting business and bring this excellence to other industries and markets,” stated Frank Bailey, BRP’s director of Powertrain U.S.

The project was made possible in part by a $210,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which has created more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investment since 2001.

“Advanced manufacturers like BRP want to move to North Carolina or expand here because our state’s investments in education and job training have created a workforce that is second to none,” Gov. Bev Perdue said. “Those investments helped create a strong business climate that continues to help create new jobs.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $37,660, plus benefits. The average annual wage for the county is $30,160.

The One NC 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 require and are contingent on local matches.

“Our Spruce Pine facility is a world-class competitor,” Bailey said. “The grant from the government of North Carolina, along with BRP’s capital investment, will help bring this facility’s infrastructure and labor force on par with its vision.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine

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