Novo Nordisk headquarters in Denmark
Raleigh Chosen for Novo Nordisks New BioManufacturing Facility

Raleigh Chosen for Novo Nordisk's New Bio-Manufacturing Facility

Sept. 2, 2015
The company will manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for its diabetes care products which had only been manufactured in Denmark.

Research Triangle got a huge boost last week when Novo Nordisk AS (IW 1000/299) announced it was investing $1. 2 - $1.85 billion over the next five years to build a new bio-manufacturing facility.

“This billion-dollar decision by Novo Nordisk more than doubles the size of its North Carolina workforce and underscores the Research Triangle’s global leadership in bio-manufacturing, said Governor Pat McCrory. 
 
Denmark-based Novo Nordisk, which employs 39,700 people across 75 countries, manufactures insulin and related diabetes treatment. The new North Carolina plant will manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for its diabetes care products. Previously, the company had manufactured its active ingredients only in Denmark.

The new plant will be located in Clayton near the current plant, which opened in 1996 and has since undergone several expansions. More than 700 people at employed at the Clayton plant.

“For some time, we have been evaluating several options to bring more capacity into the United States because of this great need for diabetes medicines,” said Jesper Høiland, president of Novo Nordisk Inc. USA.

“After a thorough evaluation of multiple sites and an extensive vetting process, Clayton ended up being our preferred location. “We already have a large and very professional organization here, and have been impressed by the excellent collaboration we have had with this city, county and state leadership, and appreciate the incentives they have secured in connection with this investment."

An award from the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program to Novo Nordisk helped make the project possible.  Novo Nordisk is eligible to receive up to twelve annual reimbursements equal to 75% of the state personal income tax withholdings from the eligible new jobs created since the date of the initial award.  Over 12 years, the company could aggregate benefits of $15.8 million upon the creation of approximately 700 jobs.

The project was also made possible by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina fund of up to $1 million. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. “A community needs well-trained workers in order to attract these kinds of jobs,” said State Senator Buck Newton. “Johnston County invested early on in a bio-manufacturing workforce pipeline that enables it to compete at the global level."

Numerous partners helped support the project. They include Duke Energy, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Johnston County, the Johnston County Economic Development Corp. and the Town of Clayton.

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Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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