LAURINBURG — Tentative plans to expand CCL Label Inc., the world’s largest international label-making company, could push the local branch out of its start-up space in the Small Business Innovation Center and into a building of its own.
The company’s current location at the center, which it first occupied last April, provides a warehouse to store its labels for well-known body wash and deodorant brands like AXE, Dove, Suave and Degree, which arrive from printing companies in Connecticut and Charlotte before being shipped to the Unilever plant in Raeford.
“I think the long-term investment in the community is to possibly print labels here in the future,” said Brian Bounds, CCL site manager. “Down the road, there are hopes of manufacturing and distributing labels.”
According to Bounds, the company ships out about 20 million labels every week to Unilever.
“We’ve had no serious discussion on where they’re going to be,” said Greg Icard, director of the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation, “but the idea is for them to have a place where they can manufacture and distribute labels in the county.”
So far, CCL has created three jobs and brought an estimated $200,000 investment to the county through the Small Business Innovation Center, which officially opened in March and serves as an incubator.
Though “nothing’s written down in stone” yet, Icard said the idea calls for discussion. Within the next few years he hopes CCL will be manufacturing and distributing its labels to give more job opportunities to locals.
“Hopefully we’re going to grow and employ more folks,” Bounds said.
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