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Drug-maker to build plant in Durham

Posted September 25, 2013

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— A pharmaceutical company said Wednesday that it will build a $59 million manufacturing plant in Durham, creating 100 jobs over the next three years.

Purdue Pharma Manufacturing L.P. develops and makes prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The company already employs about 180 people at a plant in Wilson.

“This decision underscores Purdue’s commitment to the Raleigh/Durham region, and solidifies the company’s footprint in North Carolina through the establishment of a manufacturing and technology hub,” Purdue President and Chief Executive John Stewart said in a statement.

The average salary at the Durham plant will be $70,199, plus benefits. Durham County's average annual wage is $66,602.

Purdue qualified from a grant of up to $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to attract business projects to the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job and investment targets to obtain the grant funds.

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  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 27, 2013

    "As predicted by hysterical liberals, blinded by ideology, not fact, companies and job creators continue to shun and run from North Carolina as a result of the destruction caused by the eight month old Republican administration"

    yep, it's just killing them that their wrong!

  • Jack Flash Sep 26, 2013

    Individual companies choosing to set up shop in NC is not evidence that the NC GOP's decisions are good ones for this state. There will never be any way of compiling a list of companies that consciously chose NOT to come to NC, so that comparison is impossible, and an NC presence alone does not take into consideration how their employees are treated, etc. People are desperate jobs, so they'll take what is available, but we all know that desperation creates conditions that can be taken advantage of. The average salary, the article says, will be $70K. Does that mean they're averaging one high level executive's $150K job w/ two $30K salaries? $30K is better than nothing, but it's not going to get a family of 4 out of debt or poverty. And what about chances for raises? Working conditions? Other factors?

    This is good news, but let's not pretend we know the full story yet...

    And btw, let's note that this is in Durham next time anyone wants to claim it's such a cesspool.

  • Good Bye WRAL Sep 26, 2013

    Heard this morning that it would be in the Treyburn corporate park in North Durham. Cool.

  • Good Bye WRAL Sep 25, 2013

    So..... where in Durham?

  • SirWired Sep 25, 2013

    A $70M annual payroll of decent jobs for only a token grant of $600k. Not bad. And hats off to Purdue for not extorting excessive "incentive" payments that are all too common.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 25, 2013

    That's what we need here more Drugs..

    Just kidding, we welcome the jobs.

  • yankee1 Sep 25, 2013

    As predicted by hysterical liberals, blinded by ideology, not fact, companies and job creators continue to shun and run from North Carolina as a result of the destruction caused by the eight month old Republican administration-- NOT!!!!