BRP plans to expand its operations in Mitchell County, N.C., Gov. Bev Perdue announced.
The company plans to create 70 jobs and invest $1.1 million during the next three years in Spruce Pine. The project was made possible, in part, by a $210,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.
“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 work force that is second to none,” Perdue said in a statement. “Those investments helped create a strong business climate that continues to help create new jobs.”
BRP’s portfolio of brands and products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude & Johnson outboard engines, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. The company currently employs more than 160 people at its Spruce Pine facility.
“Our Spruce Pine facility is a world-class competitor,” BRP director of Powertrain US Frank Bailey said in a statement. “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.”