is behind Gov. Mike Easley calling the state Legislature into special session next week. He will ask lawmakers to consider incentive and tax-break proposals to lure the drug manufacturer.
The state is trying to convince Merck to build a $300 million plant in the Treyburn Corporate Park north of Durham. Reports say the company is considering the Durham County site as well as one near Atlanta.
If Merck chooses Durham, it would mean 200 new jobs for the Triangle.
Merck is no stranger to North Carolina. The company has a manufacturing facility employing more than 500 people in Wilson.
Merck is the second-largest drug company in the United States and the third-largest in the world, according to one health care research firm.
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