Expansion of modular home builder to create 182 jobs in southeastern North Carolina

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A modular and manufactured home builder is expanding into southeastern North Carolina, creating 182 jobs over the next five years.

Champion Home Builders, which is a subsidiary of Skyline Champion, will invest $18.7 million to acquire Manis Custom Builders’ Scotland County factory in Laurinburg, which it plans to expand to accommodate new jobs.

As part of the company’s expansion, the state formed an incentive package worth more than $1.3 million, to be paid out gradually over the next 12 years if Champion Home Builders responds. investment and employment requirements.

The Scotland County factory, which the company began operating on Monday after its acquisition, will be used to manufacture homes which will then be shipped to various parts of the country. The plant is one of 41 that the company has in North America.

“Eighty percent of our employee base will be in the manufacturing plant,” said Wade Lyall, executive vice president of Skyline Champion, in an interview. “We will need plumbers. We will need electricians. We will need frames. We’re going to need craftsmen to do the moldings and trim.

The other employees will work in administration. He said the company would hire people with varying levels of experience.

“We have no problem getting people out of high school or college looking to start a career and teaching them the trades,” Lyall said. “We will shoot everywhere.”

Average worker wages

According to a Press release from the governor’s office Roy Cooperthe average annual income for the positions will be $41,758.

The average for all industries in the county of Scotland is $40,795 in 2020, according to the latest available data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Lyall said wages are comparable to other manufacturing positions at the company’s plants, with some regional variability.

director of economic development for Scotland, Mark the room, told Carolina Public Press that the companies typically attract workers from across the region, such as those from Robeson, Moore and Hoke counties. He also said workers in parts of Cumberland County could commute.

“Most companies, when we do recruitment, take around 30 to 45 minutes to travel. Some companies will say an hour, but on average we’re looking at a 30-45 minute travel time,” Ward said.

Lyall said the company is looking to recruit across the region.

“Anywhere within the hour, and if they’re outside of that – the city, the county, the region of Scotland, the whole region – I think (the county of Scotland) offers a great opportunity people to start a family,” he said. “If people want to move, obviously that interests us as well.”

According to the BLS, the average annual salaries in 2020 for Cumberland, Hoke, Moore and Robeson counties were $46,483, $38,024, $44,994 and $38,266, respectively.

Lyall said Champion Home Builders is currently recruiting for vacancies.

State Incentive Details

The incentive for the company, which is facilitated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, is part of the Job Development Investment Granta program that gives the company cash to meet employment and investment requirements.

As part of the agreement, the company must invest the promised $18.7 million and create 182 jobs over the next five years.

However, Lyall said he expects Champion Home Builders to meet that requirement much sooner.

According to Governor Cooper’s press release, the company will receive $1.352 million from the state over the next 12 years. During this period, the state’s economy is expected to grow by $293 million due to the acquisition of the company.

The incentive deal is also contingent on the acquisition itself, which is expected to be finalized by the end of May.

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