QRP Inc., a manufacturer of locking quick release pins for the aerospace industry, has closed its Brunswick County headquarters.
QRP’s facility, previously at 2307 Mercantile Drive NE in Leland, closed in December and moved to Ohio, company officials said in an email last week. The move was a decision by the firm’s parent company to consolidate into a larger facility there.
A few employees relocated to Ohio with the move, a QRP official said in an email, but when asked, could not say how many people were employed with the company before the move.
State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) reports did not show a layoff notice for QRP. N.C. Department of Commerce officials said in an email Friday that the state did not receive a WARN notice, which typically reports mass layoffs, from a company by the name QRP within the past two years.
According to Brunswick Community College job training officials, the company move impacted at least 60 displaced employees, who are now being worked with to get training.
QRP’s former headquarters building is currently vacant and up for lease, said Drew O’Reilly, a property manager with KAK Property Group, which owns the site. The property group is currently making improvements to the site, such as new carpet and paint, to get it ready for a new tenant to come in.
The building is 50,000 square feet and expandable up to 70,000 square feet, she said, adding “it has a lot of office space and open shop floor and great for manufacturing. There’s nothing available like it right now.”
The site is also being marketed on the website of Brunswick Business and Industry Development (Brunswick BID), a local economic development organization that oversees business and industry recruitment and retention efforts in Brunswick County.
Economic development officials say that the declining state of the aviation and aerospace industry, specifically troubled aviation