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Novo Nordisk Announces $1.85 Billion Investment in Clayton

posted Sep 7, 2015, 12:40 PM by JohnstonCountyGOP   [ updated Sep 7, 2015, 1:08 PM ]
Clayton - Augus 26, 2015

Novo Nordisk, an international pharmaceutical manufacturing company, announced an expansion of their Clayton, NC facility in a news conference on August 26. Earlier that day, the Johnston County County Board of Commissioners and Clayton Town Council met in a joint session to approve a package of incentives that were necessary to finalize the investment. At that meeting, Johnston County Economic Development Director Chris Johnson disclosed that as a result of Novo Nordisk's investment that 2,000 construction workers would be employed in building the new facility and that the 691 new jobs would in turn lead to as many as 5,000 other jobs in the region. Johnson noted than when completed it would be the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the world.

At the news conference held at Novo Nordisk's Clayton facility, Governor Pat McCrory hailed the cooperation between Novo Nordisk and state, county and town officials. In his remarks, Gov. McCrory noted that it was the result of building a positive business environment coupled with a positive working relationship that had been developed over many years.

Johnston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tony Braswell noted in his remarks that close cooperation between elected officials, county and state economic development professionals were critical in a process that lasted several months. He also noted that one of the reasons for Novo Nordisk's investment was that Johnston County had a talented workforce and the ability to train additional highly skilled workers for the new plant. He also noted that it was personally gratifying that the lifesaving medications produced in Clayton would be made by fellow Johnstonians.

Additional coverage was provided by WTSB, WRAL TV and online, and the Raleigh News and Observer.
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