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Durham Company To Transfer 75 Jobs To N.C.

Posted July 28, 2006

— Parata Systems

, a manufacturer of robotic prescription machines, is bringing some 75 manufacturing jobs to North Carolina, having decided to consolidate manufacturing operations in its home state rather than in Louisiana.

Parata, which is based in Durham, acquired an automated prescription system business unit from McKesson in May. Parata decided to keep its headquarters in Durham earlier this month.

A McKesson facility in Alexandria, LA, will close with the jobs being moved to Durham and to a manufacturing facility in Franklin County. Flextronics builds the Parata units at its campus in Youngsville.

Some 10 manufacturing jobs will be added. The other positions will be in customer support and engineering, Parata said in a statement.

Parata received a $100,000 One North Carolina Fund grant and matching funds from local governments as economic incentives from the state to create new jobs in North Carolina. In turn, the company pledged to add 130 jobs. It currently employs some 210 people.

Franklin County added a $100,000 incentive as a lure for the manufacturing jobs, Parata said.

Approximately one third of the McKesson employees at the Louisiana plant are interested in relocating to North Carolina, Parata added.

Parata was founded in 2001.

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