Purdue Pharma announces plans for Durham facility
Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma Manufacturing, the maker of the OxyContin pain relief medication and other pharmaceuticals, formally announced its plans on Wednesday to build a new facility in Durham County.
The company plans to invest $59 million in a production facility in the Treyburn Corporate Park in Durham County and to create 100 jobs across three years.
“North Carolina is recognized around the world for our bioscience and cutting-edge pharmaceutical companies,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement in a news release. “We’re committed to helping companies like Purdue Pharma grow their business and get more products to the global marketplace.”
State incentives of $300,000 were committed to support the project. The state incentives were made in the form of performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund. That’s on top of $1 million in incentives already pledged by the Durham County Commissioners to support the project.
“We worked with the state over the past 10 months to bring this manufacturing facility and new jobs to our community,” Durham Board of County Commissioners Chairman Fred Foster Jr. said in a statement. “It came down to us and Austin, Texas, and we’re excited that Purdue Pharma will join companies such as Merck and bioMerieux in Treyburn Corporate Park.”
Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Purdue Pharma creates and manufactures prescription and over-the-counter medications, including for pain relief. The company has research and development, production and marketing operations.
The company has a research lab and a plant in New Jersey, and a plant in Wilson that opened in 2000.
The opening of the Wilson facility brought about 180 new engineering, scientific and technical jobs to the state, according to the release from the governor’s office.
The facility has product tracking technology and anti-counterfeit packaging to enable authentication and traceability of products from its warehouse all the way to the pharmacy shelf, the release states.
Salaries at the Durham County facility will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $70,199 plus benefits. The Durham County average annual wage is $66,602.