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Biotech manufacturing equipment maker ABEC Inc. plans to create 251 jobs in Wilson, North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper’s office announced.
The new positions will pay an average of $52,613, about $5,000 more than the county average salary. A Press release said the local area and state would see an annual impact of more than $13 million from the new payroll. The company will also spend $11 million on an ISO-7 cleanroom, and the investment will bolster ABEC’s single-use disposable container manufacturing capability for custom single-cycle biomanufacturing solutions.
ABEC CEO and President Scott Pickering said the 50,000-square-foot location will house state-of-the-art equipment and bring bioprocess and technical expertise to the company.
Partners involved in the project include the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the State Economic Development Partnership, the North Carolina Center for Biotechnology, and the North Carolina Community College System.
Machelle Baker Sanders, secretary of commerce, said North Carolina has focused on building a workforce for the biotech industry and will continue to invest in training programs. and education.
ABEC received a state grant for employment development investment and could be repaid approximately $2 million over 12 years. Based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, ABEC provides services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
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