275 pharma jobs planned despite backlash over NC’s HB2

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A generic pharmaceutical company plans a North Carolina factory employing 275 workers by the end of 2020, the first substantial jobs announcement since the state last month passed a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office said Tuesday that Aurobindo Pharma USA planned a new drug research and manufacturing plant in Durham. Company officials didn’t return messages seeking comment.

Aurobindo could get nearly $4 million in tax breaks if it meets hiring and investment targets.

The announcement is the largest promoted by North Carolina officials since the state law prompted several companies to say they were scrapping or reconsidering expansions.

A spokesman for Braeburn Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday the company continues re-evaluating plans to build a $20 million manufacturing and research facility employing 50 people in Durham County.

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