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Novo Nordisk to expand Clayton insulin products plant

Posted October 4, 2010

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— A company that specializes in diabetes care will expand its Clayton plant, creating 85 jobs, officials announced Monday.

Novo Nordisk Inc. will invest $73 million in the expansion, which will add two assembly lines and two packaging lines at the plant, which makes various insulin delivery devices.

"Insulin delivery devices give people with diabetes a convenient way to manage their health and engage in a productive lifestyle," Jerzy Gruhn, president of Novo Nordisk, said in a statement. "As patients in the U.S. continue to move from administering insulin with a conventional vial and syringe to using a pen device, Novo Nordisk will be prepared to meet growing market demand."

The company is teaming with Nypro Inc., which makes plastic products and will supply components for the insulin devices. Nypro will expand its Buncombe County plant by 75,000 square feet and will add 120 jobs, officials said.

Novo Nordisk employs more than 420 people in Clayton. The new jobs will have an average annual salary of $42,976, plus benefits, which is higher than Johnston County's average of $31,408.

The company was awarded a $400,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides cash grants to attract business projects to the state. No money is paid upfront, and companies must meet job and investment targets to receive payments.

The state Economic Investment Committee also voted Monday to award a Job Development Investment Grant to Novo Nordisk. Under the terms of the JDIG, the company is eligible to receive a rebate of 65 percent of the state withholding taxes on the new jobs. If it meets targets called for under the agreement and sustains them for 10 years, the company could obtain $840,000 from the grant.

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  • Adelinthe Oct 4, 2010

    Good news.

    I pray it means a MEANINGFUL number of more jobs.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Luv2Camp Oct 4, 2010

    RBKA - I disagree. This is $400k for an expansion that, over time, will more than payback the tax break. It is just smart business and I applaud ONE NC Fund for seeing the light on this one.

  • WRALSUCKS Oct 4, 2010

    ...thank the citizens for the taxes that paid for the 400K gift to a private business.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 4, 2010

    I'm not sure any current leader deserves credit, but the gov't certainly has a role in the level of education and the nearby transportation, as well as the cost of living in the area and taxes.

  • cwood3 Oct 4, 2010

    Great-every job addition will help. This is great for our little medical manufacturing area in Clayton. Training is available right around the corner at the Clayton section of Johnston Co. Community College.

    THIS IS GREAT!!!

  • Pseudonym Oct 4, 2010

    So how are Bev Perdue and Richard Burr going to take credit for the jobs that Novo Nordisk is creating?