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Novartis Plant to Bring Jobs, Money to Triangle

Posted August 23, 2007
Updated August 24, 2007

— Novartis broke ground Thursday on a new site in Holly Springs. The flu-vaccine maker is expected to create 350 jobs and pump millions of dollars into the Triangle economy.

Holly Springs put up $8 million in incentives to land the business deal.

"Incentives are an easy thing to jump on right now, but bottom line is it's an investment, and I think that's how all towns have to look at these things," said Town Manager Carl Deal.

Town leaders said that investment could pay off in just three years. An economic study released earlier in August shows Novartis will generate more than $150 million in taxes and local spending.

Some restaurants in Holly Springs cannot wait for the new facility located at Holly Springs Business Park near the intersection of Green Oaks Parkway and Irving Parkway.. They said they hardly ever get a "lunchtime crowd," but with Novartis moving in, they may start to see a rush.

"The more people that we get working here in the daytime, instead of just living here because they do travel a way to go to work, helps me out anyway. I could get a raise," said restaurant manager Travis Bridger.

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  • whatelseisnew Aug 24, 8:30 a.m.

    By the way, forget about the vaccines. Once the first law suit is settled, the company will shut down the plant.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 24, 8:28 a.m.

    Rumor has it they are going to steal the water from a neighboring state. Don't worry about the water. Meeker has a plan. He is going to raise your water bill to the point where the average homeowner will have to choose between eating or drinking water. Through those tough conservation measures he will free up the water needed by this business.

  • William Tell Aug 24, 12:55 a.m.

    FriendlyPrimate, 1.2 mgd from Raleigh, my point exactly, we are running out of water and they take 1.2mgd + what tis new company is going to use. Where are they going to get the additional water???????

  • tmedlin Aug 23, 7:37 p.m.

    right on, right on, more jobs, more jobs!

  • grenlyn1 Aug 23, 7:10 p.m.

    "Novartis is investing $600 million to build a cell-based flu-shot plant in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The company won a $221 million grant from the U.S. government for clinical trials of the vaccines."
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/newspid=20601109&sid=aXoHdaUhuRCY&refer=home

  • the alliance Aug 23, 6:14 p.m.

    I'm glad they are coming. Maybe I can get a job with them to do customer service or logistics work. Can't seem to get on where I'm working now in a RTP biotech company as a contractor, qualified and right under their noses.

  • Kristen_-_RN Aug 23, 6:00 p.m.

    Facts:

    Young trees absorb more carbon dioxide than mature trees.

    Holly Springs gets most of its water from Harnett County, which is why the town has had an ample water supply since 1998 - even with repeated droughts.

    Holly Springs features a gorgeous new park, downtown area, library, cultural center and has an incredibly high satisfaction rate per its residents in poll after poll.

    Novartis, which has it's roots as a company in the 17th century, has hundreds of sites spanning five continents.

    Novartis is the second largest supplier of the influenza vaccine in our country - many scientists believe it is only a matter of time until the next influenza pandemic occurs.

    Most, if not all, towns and cities in North Carolina would have jumped at the chance to host Novartis - not only for the increased tax revenue and jobs, but for the prestige and positive attention that this company brings on a global scale.

    Opinion - I still wouldn't live anywhere else in the triangle.

  • BlueHeaven27599 Aug 23, 5:27 p.m.

    I think your Caps Lock is down.

  • pbjbeach Aug 23, 5:23 p.m.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH REQUIRING NOVARTIS TO HIRE AT LEAST A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THEIR NEW WORKFORCE FOR THIS NEW PLANT IN HOLLY SPRINGS AS PART OF THE INCENTIVES PACKAGE THAT THEY HIRE SOME OF THE OLDER 45-60 AGE GROUP FROM THE LOCAL ECOMONY AN OFFER THEM SOME KIND OF RETRAINING ASSISTANCE PKG'S WITH RETRAING ASISTANCE PARTIALLY PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL GOVT' RETRAINING AN ASSISTANCE ACT. OH THAT RIGHT THOUGH WE ARE BROKE BECAUSE WE HAVEALREADY GIVEN AWAY THE CANDY STORE TO MICROSOFT AN OTHER BIG NAME COMPANIES IN OTHER INCENTIVES PACKAGES. AN LESS US NOT FORGET THAT WE HAVE STILL GOT A ONGOING AN ONGIONG AN ONGOING AN ONGOING WAR THAT WE AN OUR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GRAND CHILDERN WILL STILL BE PAYING FOR THANKS IN A LARGER PART TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PARICUALLY THE MAIN REPUBLICAN OFFICE HOLDERS IN THIS STATE THAT VOTE TO AUTHORIZE THIS NEVER ENDING WAR

  • BlueHeaven27599 Aug 23, 5:19 p.m.

    So they give all these tax breaks to businesses with no guarantee that they will stay around? Great idea. Where is my tax break?

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