County to consider local bioMérieux incentive

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 06:35 PM

County officials are expected to consider a local incentive for bioMérieux Inc., a subsidiary of a France,-based diagnostics company, at a meeting later this month, according to the president of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

The company is planning to invest $48.3 million in an expansion project here that would create 44 jobs, according to an announcement by Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker.

They announced on Thursday a state performance-based grant of up to $220,000 for the project. The grant award, which would be would be paid out only as the company meets certain performance targets, is contingent on the company getting a matching grant from the local government.

BioMérieux, based in France, provides diagnostic instruments, software and other products used to determine the source of disease or contamination. Its products are used for diagnosing infectious diseases, as well as for detecting micro-organisms in agri-food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products.

The company’s U.S. subsidiary employs more than 630 workers in its facility in the Treyburn Corporate Park in Durham County, according to the announcement.

Casey Steinbacher, president and CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, said in an email that the incentive is expected to come up at a Feb. 11 Durham County Board of Commissioners meeting. She said the company’s final decision on the expansion location here versus elsewhere, is contingent on the county grant.

“The commissioners have traditionally supported these kinds of projects, but we have new commissioners voting on incentives for the first time, so it’s not guaranteed,” Steinbacher said in an email.

Attempts to reach county officials for comment were unsuccessful Friday.