Home builders

Champion Home Builders, Inc. plans to invest up to $13.2 million in a production site in Robeson County

A subsidiary of Skyline Champion Corporation will create about 385 jobs in Pembroke

PEMBROKE — A homemaker plans to employ about 385 workers at a Pembroke plant.

Champion Home Builders Inc. has chosen Robeson County as the location for a manufactured home production facility. The facility is located at 349 E. Railroad St. in Pembroke, on the site once occupied by a Fleetwood Homes manufacturing plant.

“Champion Homes considered several possible locations for this investment before selecting Robeson County,” said Wade Lyall, executive vice president of sales and business development.

“In Pembroke, we found a site that met our facility needs, had access to strong labor resources and was able to service a growing regional housing market. We appreciate the leaders of North Carolina who were willing to work closely with Champion to achieve our goals for this expansion,” he said.

Champion Home Builders Inc. is a subsidiary of Skyline Champion Corporation, one of North America’s largest home builders. The company plans to invest up to $13.2 million in the site.

“We are excited about this opportunity in Robeson County and look forward to expanding our offerings to the community,” Lyall added.

Skyline Champion Corporation, the parent company of Champion Home Builders, Inc., is the largest publicly traded independent manufactured housing company in North America and employs approximately 8,100 people. With nearly 70 years of home building experience and 40 manufacturing plants in the United States and Western Canada, Skyline Champion is well positioned with a leading portfolio of manufactured and modular homes, ADU , park models and modular buildings for the single-family and multi-family sectors. .

Local elected officials react

“The City of Pembroke is delighted Champion is moving to the former Fleetwood Industrial site,” said Pembroke Mayor Gregory Cummings. “Our community lost nearly 600 jobs and a huge tax base when Fleetwood closed. It will be a big plus for the future of Pembroke and Robeson County.

“On behalf of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Champion Home as an industry partner to Robeson County. This investment will provide a brighter future for the citizens of Robeson County, both in terms of the tax base and jobs,” said Wixie Stephens, Chair of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.

Robeson County Commissioner Faline Dial said the economic impact of the estimated 385 new jobs, which would come with an average annual salary of $42,922, would be significant for the county.

“It further illustrates our ability to provide a skilled workforce,” Dial said. “Partnering with growing companies like Champion will further strengthen our county’s workforce and the overall quality of life for our citizens.”

Recruitment

The Pembroke Recruiting Champion called for a team effort between local, state and regional organizations.

“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. by Robeson.

County and city officials worked with Robeson Community College, Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation, NC Rural Infrastructure Authority, Robeson County Committee of 100, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and North Carolina Department of Commerce to land the project.

Through the collaborative effort of this team, Champion will receive $1 million in CDBG Building Reuse funds to renovate the property as needed, as well as $519,000 in training dollars through the NC Community Custom Training Program. College System and $300,000 in sales tax exemption from the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

“Our key regional partners in Southeast North Carolina have also been instrumental in creating this exciting opportunity for Robeson County,” Jones said in a statement.

NC’s Southeast markets the region nationally and globally, while providing technical support to the 18-county Southeast region.

“Champion’s arrival adds clear value in terms of direct job creation and capital investment, but could also generate new operational benefits for the region’s manufacturing economy, which includes a number of big names. consumer goods,” said Steve Yost, president of NC. South East.

Jeff Etheridge, president of NC’s Southeast, said the collaboration that resulted in Champion’s arrival is part of a tradition of regional partnership that has its roots in the organization’s founding in 1994.

“Trends come and go in business, but one constant that has stood the test of time is the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that unites public and private leaders here at the local, state and regional levels,” said Etheridge. “Leadership is important in any kind of business cycle, and that’s what has always set Southeastern North Carolina apart.”

The Robeson County Economic Development Commission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Robeson County economy.

It works closely with municipal, county, regional and statewide partners and allies to seize opportunities for job creation and economic investment by supporting incoming and growing businesses. For more information, visit www.robesoncountyoed.org.

A public-private partnership headquartered in Elizabethtown, NC in southeastern NC connects business leaders with county governments to “provide strong leadership in economic development in southeastern North Carolina through innovative regional marketing and collaborative initiatives that will support the creation of new jobs, generate investment capital and secure new business locations.

Member counties include Anson, Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Hoke, Lenoir, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland and Wayne. For more information, visit www.ncse.org.