BlueScope Buildings North America Inc., a provider of engineered building solutions, is closing its Laurinburg, North Carolina, facility, resulting in 76 lost jobs, according to a filing with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The Laurinburg facility, located at 13421 N. Rocky Ford Road, will begin reducing its workforce on Nov. 2 and will complete the shutdown by Jan. 31.
“After careful business evaluation, we are streamlining our North American production footprint for our builder network,” said David Volk, BlueScope Buildings Laurinburg plant manager, in an interview with The Laurinburg Exchange. “This was a difficult decision. We recognize this comes with significant impact for our employees and their families.”
In 2015, the company pledged to add 115 new jobs by 2018 in exchange for $400,000 in performance-based state incentives.
The Laurinburg facility has been in operation since 1968. It is in Scotland County near the South Carolina border.
BlueScope Buildings is a subsidiary of the Australia–based BlueScope Steel Ltd., which has 18 facilities located across New Zealand, Australia, North America and Asia.
The company manufactures metal and pre-engineered commercial building products and is the current market share leader.
The notice was filed pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which must be filed 60 days in advance of a plant closing that affects more than 50 employees in a 30-day period or a mass layoff of at least 500 employees or between 50 to 499 employees if they make up at least one-third of the employer’s workforce.
All North Carolina filings under the WARN Act can be found here.