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.

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Johnston County Data

Johnston County's estimated population in 2019 was 196,870.
Johnston County's estimated median age in 2018 was 38.
The average commute for workers is 31 minutes.
47.7% of residents also work in Johnston County.
The estimated median family income in 2018 was $65,653.
The property tax rate per $100 value is 76 cents.
Source: AccessNC (Feb. 2021)

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Workforce Development Center

The Workforce Development Center, located in Clayton, is 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.

The WDC is a collaborative effort between Johnston County, Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston County Economic Development and the College, as well as local industries.

The purpose of the Workforce Development Center is to create an education and training center to support local industries, including biopharma leaders Grifols and Novo Nordisk, by offering learning opportunities from elementary through post-secondary in science and biotech, and other areas of economic influence within the county.

Johnston County Biotech Workforce Development Center (1)

Unique Developments and Contributions

Johnston County Biotech Workforce Development Center (12)

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 Accessibility

Aerial view of Interstate 95 and US Highway 64 interchange.
  • Intersected by both I-40 and I-95, offering convenient access in any direction
  • Proximity to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park
  • Johnston County Airport offers a 5,500-foot runway and accommodates aircraft up to 65,000 lbs. The Regional Airport contributes to $119,350,000 of the region's economic output.
Large plane resting on the tarmac.
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  • Low operating costs and access to manufacturing-savvy workers.

Johnston County News

At Clayton plant, Grifols begins phase 3 testing for COVID-19 treatment

October 12, 2020
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Grifols, a global biotherapeutics company, has begun Phase 3 clinical trials in patients with COVID-19 with its therapeutic manufactured in Clayton. The Spanish company is testing its hyperimmune globulin for its safety, effectiveness and tolerability as a weapon to combat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Since April, Grifols has been collecting blood […]

As FDA authorizes plasma to combat COVID-19, Clayton plant working on possible treatment

August 24, 2020
CLAYTON – President Donald Trump announced emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma — a move he called “a breakthrough,” one of his top health officials called “promising” and other health experts said needs more study before it’s celebrated. And that news could be good for Grifols, which operates a huge plasma production plant […]

COVID-19 Brings Opportunities For Johnston County’s Economy

August 3, 2020
Consulting Report Says Life Sciences, Medical Devices and Supplies, Consumer Foods and Equipment Manufacturing Could Grow with JoCo Johnston County, N.C. – August 3, 2020. Given its prowess in the life sciences and tech-based operations, North Carolina’s Research Triangle Region is poised for strong post-pandemic growth, with Johnston County likely to be seen as an […]

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