Health services company picks Garner for 250 jobs

Posted March 25, 2011
Updated March 28, 2011

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— A health services-related company will announce Monday that it has picked Garner for a new facility and more than 250 jobs.

The firm’s name is not being disclosed due to a non-disclosure agreement, said Rick Mercier, a spokesman for the Town of Garner.

The town did disclose that the company will invest $12 million in the project and that the average compensation will be $50,000, including salary and benefits.

“This is for new construction,” Mercier said.

No economic incentives are being offered to the company by either the town or Wake County, he added.

"It is something that could come up later. The issue could come before the town council," Mercier said. 

A formal announcement is set for Monday at 11 a.m. at the Town of Garner Council Chambers.

The company’s decision to move forward with the project came after recent legislation passed by the General Assembly that eliminated the so-called “red route” option for an extension of N.C. Highway 540.

One of the two sites the firm was considering for the site would have been affected by the “red route,” Mercier said.

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said the legislation that killed the route opened the door for the new facility. 

"This company has been on hold and stayed on hold for as long as the red route was on the map. Now that it's gone, praise the Lord, they're ready to do business," Williams said.

Construction is expected to begin by May, Mercier added.

Williams said new facility will help heal some of the wounds the town suffered when the ConAgra Foods plant exploded in 2009. The blast killed three workers and sent dozens more to area hospitals with burns and other injuries. Company officials eventually decided to close the plant, costing the area more than 400 jobs.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 25, 2011

    Seeing that the name can't be released is an indicator that the company hasn't decided on the Garner location.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 25, 2011

    What's the breakdown on people who will relocate from other areas to take the new jobs verses people who already live in the area.

  • RB-003 Mar 25, 2011

    Funny the name can't be disclosed.

  • 3forme Mar 25, 2011

    Having lived in Garner for 20 years i can say that even though we get the"short end of the stick" most of the time i couldn't be more proud of our town and the effort it continues to make...Good job Mayor Williams and council..Makes me proud to be from Garner..

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Mar 25, 2011

    A THANK YOU to the General Assembly and the Governor for quickly and effectively killing the RED Route. Congratulations to Garner. And to "Health Services Company X", THANKS for investing in the Triangle - you won't regret it!

  • SmarterThanAvgBear Mar 25, 2011

    Good for Garner!! Great people. I am glad to see something good happen for them. Seems like too often that area gets the short end of the stick. Red route out, new business in. Nice.

  • eclark012 Mar 25, 2011

    I heard a few months ago that a mental health center for children had bought land here in Garner. Maybe they are going to build now.

  • geosol Mar 25, 2011

    "good news. now let all the sarcastic remarks begin." They're coming. Glenn Beck is on now, i think, and we'll have to wait for them to be told what to think first.

  • sammyg Mar 25, 2011

    AWESOME NEWS!!! I just love Garner!

  • ecualumni1982 Mar 25, 2011

    This is great news, another private company moving to the Raleigh area, yet somehow the other 99 counties are just SOL. 250 jobs added to state with a few million people. Well if I could sell my house, relocate my family, be qualified for what ever they need, get an acutal interview, be hired, then get actually sell my house, then get qualified for a loan, and cure cancer I maybe able to take advantage of this opportunity. TG for the lottery, this is my retirement planning.