Dickinson, N.D.-based Steffes LLC, which specializes in the development and production of innovative energy technology and advanced manufacturing, said it is expanding into the southeast through the acquisition of a manufacturing facility in the town of Shelby, N.C.

The investment of $20.9 million in Cleveland County will create 130 new, full-time jobs over the next five years.

Start of production is expected to begin in late 2021 with plans to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023, according to the company. It said it plans to provide advanced comprehensive metal fabrication services to support production of Steffes OEM products and customer production in the region.

“This expansion is the realization of the company’s strategic vision,” Todd Mayer, co-president of Steffes, said in a statement when making the announcement this week. “The combination of customers and friends in this area combined with the workforce potential and community support made Shelby the best fit for us. We are excited to become part of the community and support innovation in the region.”

Steffes is a privately held, diversified original equipment and contract manufacturer headquartered in Dickinson, but with additional manufacturing and customer support facilities in Grand Forks, N.D.; Midland, Texas; Casper, Wyo.; and Oklahoma City.