Talecris adding 259 jobs at Clayton drug plant

Posted November 13, 2009

— Talecris Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq: TLCR) will add 259 jobs and invest nearly $270 million over the next seven years to expand its blood plasma therapeutics plant in Clayton.

The North Carolina Economic Investment Committee agreed to a contract Friday morning that will award payroll tax rebates up to $3.66 million over 12 years through the Job Development Investment Grant program if new job targets are met and sustained.

Talecris Biotherapeutics plant in Clayton Incentives help lure Clayton expansion

Talecris, which is one of the world's largest providers of plasma therapeutics and is based in Research Triangle Park, also will receive a $250,000 grant from the state’s One North Carolina Fund.

Gov. Beverly Perdue made a formal announcement about the new jobs and expansion at a ceremony in Clayton, where Talecris already employs more than 1,800 people and makes up a large chunk of the local tax base.

"North Carolina is on the right track, unlike other states, and we're moving forward," Perdue said. "We continue to get good job locations, and it's important to keep the jobs we have."

The jobs will pay an average of $51,066 plus benefits, according to the Department of Commerce. The average Johnston County wage is $33,800.

Under the job grant program, Talecris will receive rebates up to 65 percent of the state personal income withholding taxes generated by new jobs.

Talecris chose Clayton for the expansion over a site in South Carolina, and executives said the incentives played a major role in the decision.

"The incentives were helpful in supporting the investment, as well as the rich biotechnology support we have in the region, plus the history that we have in North Carolina and Johnston County," Talecris Executive Vice President Mary Kuhn said.

The Talecris expansion comes about a month after computer maker Dell Inc. announced plans to close its Forsyth County assembly plant. The state lured Dell five years ago with almost $300 million in incentives, and the firm's sudden departure sparked criticism of the incentives program.

Perdue defended business recruitment incentives again Friday.

"North Carolina has to be able to compete. It's as simple as that," she said. "Otherwise, we will continue to lose jobs, and our economy will suffer."


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  • Bree Nov 13, 2009

    Maybe some of those laid off by Pfizer in Sanford and RTP this week will be able to find jobs!!

  • discowhale Nov 13, 2009

    259 BIOTECH jobs, paying an avg $51K, in Johnson County? And how many current Johnson County residents will be qualified to fill them? ZERO!

    Of course those 259 people will need their offices cleaned... Why is it that people at the Gov's level don't see this stuff from a real world perspective? Of course this is good news for the state and county, but it does little for the PEOPLE of the state or county.

    Right now there are about 10K to 12K people unemployed in that county, (I just looked) few of whom will be qualified, if any, to fill those kinds of jobs But Bev thinks 259 jobs is a celebration of economic prosperity. Yes I am veeeerrrry cynical, but I know a dog and pony show when I see one.

    To my memory they go by names like Glaxo, IBM, Cisco, NORTEL, American Airlines...

    As soon as the tax benefits stop outweighing the profits, they'll move elsewhere, just like Glaxo, IBM, Cisco, NORTEL, American Airlines...

    Plus, Bev and the Legislature will spend 114% of whatever

  • 007KnightRider Nov 13, 2009

    Great news. I wish we hear about this happening everyday somewhere in NC.

  • UNCfuturealumi Nov 13, 2009

    Is this a payoff of the Chinese trip she took a week or so ago?

  • woodrowboyd2 Nov 13, 2009

    just in time for the goverment take over of healthcare
    you think this wasnt a planned move.

  • donnied1952 Nov 13, 2009

    you are correct, everything is no political, however when Bev showed her ugly face on the scene, she made it so.
    She had nothing to do with this and should stay out of it.

    She's just greedy to have her face on the TV screen. If you don't beleive me, what the new tonight. It will be the big story on WRAL.

  • kandykisses Nov 13, 2009

    @Unaffiliated Patriot, Why can't you just be happy that so many people will have the opportunity for employment now? Everything is not political.

  • Unaffiliated Patriot Nov 13, 2009

    Great news for Clayton and the democrats. Now they will claim that they saved or created a half million new jobs in North Carolina.

  • timothycapwell Nov 13, 2009

    Resume upated!

  • CarolinaGirl2 Nov 13, 2009

    Great news for Clayton!