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Health services company picks Garner for 250 jobs

Posted March 25, 2011 1:25 p.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2011 11:19 a.m. EDT

— 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.