Drug maker Novo Nordisk adding nearly 700 jobs at new plant

Rendering of the expanded Novo Nordisk facility in Clayton. (Source: Novo Nordisk)

CLAYTON, NC (AP) – Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk plans to build a North Carolina diabetes drug manufacturing plant that is projected to employ nearly 700 people.

Multiple media organizations reported Wednesday the drug maker would invest $1.2 billion in its planned factory near Clayton. In return, Novo Nordisk is being promised nearly $16 million in state tax breaks and plans for local taxpayers to buy its 95-acre factory site.

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Novo Nordisk already has a plant in Johnston County where it produces insulin products.

Jobs at the company’s new plant for diabetes medications would average more than $68,000 annually. Novo Nordisk must meet hiring and investment targets to collect all the promised state tax breaks.

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