Becton Dickinson picks Johnston County for distribution center

Posted July 19, 2010

Becton Dickinson will build its East Coast distribution center in Four Oaks, the company and Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Monday.

BD (NYSE: BDX) will invest $38 million in the facility and will hire 187 workers, beginning in 2012.

North Carolina will provide a $600,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund as an incentive for the project, Perdue said. The grant requires a local match.

The average pay for the jobs will be $28,771 plus benefits. Average Johnston County wages are $31,408, the governor’s office said.

Perdue said such business growth is needed in eastern North Carolina.

"If you took these 43 counties and created a separate state, it would be the poorest state in America – right here, east of (Interstate) 95," she said. "So, these jobs are critically important to change the fabric and the economy and the lives of the people of eastern North Carolina."

BD develops, manufactures and sells medical supplies, devices, laboratory instruments, antibodies, reagents and diagnostic products. Its business units include BD Medical, BD Diagnostics and BD Biosciences.

The New Jersey-based company already has a presence in Research Triangle Park and in the Triad, with five facilities across the state that employ about 900 people.

“Establishing our new distribution center in Johnston County will enable BD to reduce cycle times and enhance the operational effectiveness of our entire supply chain," Stephen Sichak, BD senior vice president for the firm’s integrated supply chain, said in a statement. "Additional benefits include the skilled work force, transportation infrastructure and supportive government officials in the region.”


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  • Sidekick Jul 19, 2010

    Sure seems to be a lot jealousy being posted here. JoCo was listed as one of the fastest growing communities in the country and fastest in the state. The school system is nationally recognized as one of the best. Drive past Clayton on Hwy 70 and see what other major players are there. Too, too much jealousy.

  • tiggerjd3 Jul 19, 2010

    Kudo's to Four Oaks!!! Lets just hope this company does not do what House of Autry did...Instead of hiring new employees, most came in as transfers...

  • JoCoLoco Jul 19, 2010

    All you haters need to quit bustin' on JoCo!! It's nice here. Our school board is better than yours, and so are our schools!!

  • Seenenuff Jul 19, 2010

    No matter how it's spun, this is good news for Johnston County. Some people are too narrow-minded and partisan to see anything good. Cynism is a bad habit. Congrats to the folks down east!

  • RedStatesManWatts Jul 19, 2010

    I'm more than tired of people bashing Johnston County. It is a great place to live. I am sure the ones doing the bashing are from BLUE counties.

  • Weetie Jul 19, 2010

    Johnston County is...A Wonderful Place to Live!

  • Wolfheel Tarpack Jul 19, 2010

    For those who can't do the math ... $28,000 x 180 people is more than $5 million worth of one year's average BD salary! A payroll tax of roughly 30% means $1.5 million in payroll taxes alone -- going back to the state and feds for their "grant" in one year. If they're able to save 25% or put it on a house, that leaves well over $2 million in the first year to spend in and around the community -- with 7.5% sales tax that's another $150,000. Not a bad "investment" in our multi-taxation system. I'm just glad we kept it in North Carolina AND JoCo ... beats Mecklenburgh -- NC or VA!

  • SubwayScoundrel Jul 19, 2010

    Good news. I have always thought a distribution was ripe for this area near/closer I-40 and I-95. I would love to see something 6 times as large a few miles up towared the VA line as there is nothing there. Anyway, good news

  • loricherry Jul 19, 2010

    Glad to hear! It's the rural areas like JoCo that are suffering during this economic situation. Granted the salaries are low, it is income for those families that are in need. Also money to be made in JoCo in property taxes, relocation of those people added to the sales tax in the area, and growth that is needed to attract more businesses in.

  • gswalker51 Jul 19, 2010

    I live right on the border of Johnston/Wake and it's great to see more jobs going to Johnston county. Wake county is over-populated with phoney-baloney fake-it-'til-you-make-it posers working in RTP and living in Cary, clogging-up I-40 with their gas-guzzling SUVs full of ADHD soccer spazoid kids (it's a law). I honestly don't know why more businesses don't favor Johnston county.