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Quintiles opens new HQ in Durham

Posted May 28, 2009

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— Quintiles Transnational Corp., the world’s largest provider of drug development services to pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, formally opened its new headquarters on Thursday.

More than 700 workers have been in Quintiles Plaza for several weeks, but Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis Gillings and other dignitaries officially dedicated the 10-story building off Interstate 40 at Page Road on Thursday afternoon.

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"We really have come a long way, baby," said Gillings, who co-founded Quintiles 27 years ago in a trailer on the campus of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he worked as a professor.

"This is not simply a grand opening," he said. "It is a celebration of the grand impact we've had on people's lives."

Executive assistant Donna Hood said she appreciates that Gillings and other Quintiles executives have planned well enough for the company to thrive in the down economy.

"Our management has taken a lot of steps to assure that we don't have layoffs and a lot of other dramatic action that so many others in (nearby Research Triangle Park) are facing," Hood said. "This is where the company started, and we hope this is where the global headquarters will stay."

Gov. Beverly Perdue and Durham Mayor Bill Bell attended the dedication and praised Quintiles for its growth strategy and its "green" headquarters.

The new building is constructed of environmentally friendly materials and uses plenty of natural light indoors to cut electricity use.

"This is a home-grown North Carolina company – a little idea that sought to become a big reality and succeeded," Perdue said.

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Quintiles has been "fortunate" to continue growing during the recession, Gillings said, and he credited the company's global presence and contracts with foreign drug companies for boosting its Triangle payroll.

"In this case, outsourcing benefits our industry, (and) senior jobs go here in North Carolina," he said.

Privately held Quintiles agreed to keep its headquarters in North Carolina after the state and local governments agreed in November 2006 to provide about $23 million in tax breaks and other incentives.

In exchange for the incentives, the company promised to create 1,000 new jobs by 2012. More than 400 of those jobs are already in place, company officials said, putting the firm ahead of its six-year timetable.

The new jobs in clinical research, data management, information technology and other skilled positions have a minimum salary of $58,800, officials said.

Quintiles has more than 23,000 employees worldwide, including 1,700 in the Triangle.

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  • verboten May 29, 2009

    I never worked there, but I did have the misfortune of helping book some of their offsite work meetings/team building activities. I can testify that the managers I dealt with were disorganized, snotty freeloaders who were not only incompetent but borderline psycho. One of them was a supposed VP. I would never want to work with such people, big fancy building or no.

  • DUgirl232 May 29, 2009

    Quintiles have every right to open this building. In these economic times, it is refreshing and inspirational to see a company take such a step. It should be seen as a light at the end of a dark, harsh, turbulent economic tunnel. And to most of us who work there, I believe and hope it is.

    Q could have done exactly what Lenovo, IBM, Nortel - get rid of employees, cut benefits drastically, and hide in a hole with the money they have. But they didn't. Sure, some things were stopped - picnics, parties, (all naysayers take note - most businesses have done this), etc. But I didn't lose my job nor did anyone working in RTP. Maybe the contractors did. That's the chance you take as a contractor.

    Bottom line - I don't care if my CEO gave money to UNC. It's his right. He earned it. Without his knowledge, work ethic, and foresight, I wouldn't be employed. Fortunately, I am and I am thankful for that.

  • mrschizzy May 28, 2009

    Whooppee for them. I could care less about Quintiles. I worked there for 3 measley months and would NEVER go back. Management was horrible, communication was terrible, and expectations were unreasonable. I don't live to work, I work to live. I am glad I work for a company that TRULY believes in work/life balance and not just says they support it because at the Q, it was nothing but a crock of bull!

  • elyhim2 May 28, 2009

    Having their headquarters here means that income all around the world is reported here as profits, same goes for Wal Mart squeezing their vendors offering cheap chinese stuff and taking the profit to Arkansas.

  • nerdlywehunt May 28, 2009

    Dennis & Joan Gillings recently gave the UNC School of Public Health $50 million dollars and it is now the Gillings School of Global Public Health. While they may not be giving employees raises, they are giving back to the North Carolina community through their generous donation to the school.

    This is so absurd it is funny....it is all about EGO...not giving back. That 50 million "gift" was written off IE taxpayers paid half of it and they get their name on buildings so it really cost 25 million so wiht the latest bribe from the sate for more jobs they have spent little of their money but gotten LOT's of press.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 28, 2009

    "If the state offered 23 million to subsidize health care for uninsured citizens this forum would come alive with outrage but if we hand it over to a company that has repeatedely laid off workers and reduced their pay but at the same time bought private airplanes and mansions for the owners then it is ok! Typical republican values!!!!!!"

    Seeing that the governor who approved this was a Democrat and the state house and senate were controlled by Democrats. It looks like the problem is "typical democrat values".

  • nerdlywehunt May 28, 2009

    If the state offered 23 million to subsidize health care for uninsured citizens this forum would come alive with outrage but if we hand it over to a company that has repeatedely laid off workers and reduced their pay but at the same time bought private airplanes and mansions for the owners then it is ok! Typical republican values!!!!!!

  • T-Man May 28, 2009

    "Oh and FYI under NC tax code Quintiles is considered a "small business" they pay the same taxes as Joe's eatery with 20 employees, so why are we giving them 23 million in tax breaks?"

    If that is true then Q must have some VERY creative accountants, as a company must have fewer than 500 employees to be considered a small business. Not only do small businesses pay different taxes, but they are also able to bid on more gov't contracts than larger businesses are.

    If they can build a building that large, how come everyone still works in cubicles???

  • Titus Pullo May 28, 2009

    Our government has a lot to answer for in NC

  • computersayzno May 28, 2009

    Having known someone who worked for Q for 12 years and promoted several times, who was just fired out of the blue one day (because a director in Kansas City who knew nothing about the person fired them). I have this to say, Q at one time was a great place to work but now the politics rule. If you are not liked by your management they will and can kick you out the door not because you aren't doing your job but because they don't like you as a person. A thousand new jobs? how about a thousand pieces of meat.
    Oh and FYI under NC tax code Quintiles is considered a "small business" they pay the same taxes as Joe's eatery with 20 employees, so why are we giving them 23 million in tax breaks?

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