Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL16ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 1 22 CLAYTON It's not only small, locally owned businesses that are choosing to set up shop in Clayton. The biopharmaceutical industry is bringing an economic boon to the town. Grifols, Inc., Clayton's largest manufacturing employer with 1,600 employees, is investing $370 million to build one of the most advanced plasma fractionation plants in the world. In March, the company announced an investment that will bring 250 more new jobs averaging $60,000 in annual salary. An even bigger announcement was made by Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin maker, with plans for a 1.8 billion expansion. It is the largest single manufacturing investment in North Carolina history. "Johnston County has emerged as a major destination for bio-manufacturing jobs and investment," said Chris Johnson, director of the Johnston County Office of Economic Development. "The growing presence of companies like Grifols and Novo Nordisk forms a solid foundation for the county's manufacturing economy, which keeps our population growing, our small business community vibrant and our tax-base strong. Along with the economic advantages these global companies bring is a level of community engagement that reaches into our schools, civic groups and neighborhoods in a very positive way." Another major employer is the Caterpillar corporation. Its Clayton Machine Development Center (CMDC), allows more than 200 engineers, prototype technicians and expert operators to design, build and test machines in one location. Clayton is proving itself as a town where global companies are putting down roots along with small businesses and families. Growth is embraced but it is the "Clayton Charm" that will continue to attract newcomers. Erikson describes the rhythm of the town he loves in a "Garrison Keillor" style: "And then a young couple walking their dog down the sidewalk will go by. A couple of kids come out of the library across the street holding books and walking home. Someone is cutting their lawn not too far away — you can smell the grass and ever-present little onion leeks that grow almost anyplace you find grass. Between 5 and 5:15 p.m. the evening Amtrak goes by. The tracks are only a block off Main Street so when the trains go by, the town knows it. If you are sitting outside conversation stops and is replaced with quiet looks. Occasional eyebrows rise in a visual question –'Are they almost done?' And then quiet takes over again and a young mother pushes a stroller down the sidewalk. Not too many years ago, Clayton was just a sleepy little town. We all should enjoy these days before they're gone." SmartAsset has ranked Clayton #2 in the "Most Affordable Places to Live in North Carolina." Since 2000 Clayton has doubled in population. [] Broker Cooperation Welcome. ©2017 KB Home (KBH). Plans, pricing, financing, terms, availability and specifications subject to change/prior sale without notice and may vary by neighborhood, lot location and home series. Buyer responsible for all taxes, insurance and other fees. Sq. footage is approximate. Photo may depict upgraded landscaping/options and may not represent lowest-priced homes. See sales counselor for details. RAL-126101 1-STORY HOMES FROM THE $ 170s Visit Creekside Commons in Clayton , and we'll introduce you to 1-story home designs with 1,525 sq. ft., 2–3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Get livable space where you want it most and energy-efficient features designed to save you money. You can afford to live comfortably—in a new KB home. 21 Pamlico Dr., Clayton, NC 27520 • (919) 550-2096

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