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Novo Nordisk to invest $65M in Clayton

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SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Commissioners approved an economic incentive package for Novo Nordisk, authorized Mosely Architect to move forward with a schematic design for the new Johnston County Law Enforcement Center and elected new leadership on Monday.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk currently employs more than 1,000 manufacturing workers in Johnston County. A $65 million expansion of the Clayton plant is planned.*

“We have a great, great economic development partner in Novo Nordisk,” said Johnston County Economic Development Director Chris Johnson “Novo Nordisk executives met with other pharmaceutical leaders and spoke highly of Johnston County. They let them know we’re open for business.”

During a public hearing, no one spoke either for or against the pharmaceutical company’s incentive package.

“Having your support and grants are a big part of making this happen,” said Chad Henry, Novo Nordisk vice president and general manager. “We make most innovative medicines for diabetics in the United States and Johnston County has our heartfelt thanks. Let me say from our 1,000 employees in Johnston County, you have been an amazing partner.”

The plant must complete the project and hire the new employees before receiving the county’s incentive package.

Commissioners voted unanimously to permit Mosely Architect to develop a schematic design for the law enforcement center, which should take about 90 days to complete. The new jail should accommodate at least 400 inmates.

By acclamation, the board elected vice chairman Ted Godwin as its new chairman and Commissioner Chad Stewart as vice chairman. Godwin replaces Commissioner Jeff Carver as the board’s leader. New board members Butch Lawter, Patrick Harris and Tony Braswell, who previously served as a commissioner, attended their first meeting since winning their seats on Nov. 6.

* = CORRECTION, Dec. 4: The print version of this story and its headline reported inaccurate information about anticipated new hires at Novo Nordisk. The online version of this story has been altered. The Johnstonian News regrets the error.