Johnston County

Noteworthy Characteristics


An Ever-Expanding Hub for Biopharma


Johnston County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state, thanks to its eleven rapidly-expanding and welcoming communities. Bolstered by Clayton, Smithfield, Selma, and Benson, four towns with the highest population, the County’s overall economy is diversified with a balance of industrial, expanding commercial, and agriculture enterprises. All helped in part by easy access to Raleigh and RTP, located just 30 minutes away. Click here to view data on the county.

Unique Developments and Contributions


The production of pharmaceutical products, heavy equipment, electronic components, and durable goods assembly operations and distribution centers have provided relatively stable employment to County residents, and have been the object of significant capital expenditures over the years. But the real cornerstone for Johnston County’s continued success is the appeal to firms in the life sciences industry. Two large biopharmaceutical companies – Grifols Therapeutics and Novo Nordisk, and two life science companies – Bayer Crop Science and SBM Life Science Corporation – employ over 3000 people near Clayton.

Infrastructure and Support


  • Proximity to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park
  • Low operating costs and access to manufacturing-savvy workers
  • Johnston County Community College’s Workforce Development Center is home to a 30,000-square-foot state-of-the-art educational and technical skills training center with a focus on life sciences programming, business training, and workforce development in biotechnology and other sciences
  • Johnston County Airport offers a 5,500-foot runway and accommodates aircraft up to 65,000 lbs.
  • Intersected by both I-40 and I-95, offering convenient access in any direction

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