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Grifols Therapeutics Brings 300 New Jobs to Johnston County

Grifols Therapeutics, the global healthcare company, will expand its North Carolina operations with a new $351.6 million capital investment, creating 300 jobs. The company will construct a specialized blood plasma facility and logistics center at its Clayton campus in Johnston County. “Companies like Grifols continue to choose expansion in North Carolina because our workforce can…
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Cancer Detection Firm GRAIL Locating $100M Lab, 398 Jobs in RTP

GRAIL, an innovative health care company developing a blood test that detects more than 50 cancers with a single draw, will over time invest $100 million and create 398 new jobs in Durham. The project will bring a new state-of-the-art laboratory facility with office and warehouse space to North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. “This expansion…
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Webinars Will Help Exporters Navigate Global Trade Landscape

It’s more important than ever for North Carolina exporters to remain educated on the latest information about a global trade landscape being shaped this year by everything from a pandemic to newly launched trade agreements. To help them, the EDPNC is launching a weekly webinar series in May. “With in-person events being canceled because of…
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Supporting a Durham Manufacturer’s Quick Pivot to PPE

When Bright View Technologies in Durham decided in March to make face shields for medical workers and others during COVID-19, the manufacturer of highly engineered optical components had no problem with access to ultra-clear plastic. But the company needed help connecting to its first buyer ― the state of North Carolina. In March, face shields…
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World Trade Month: Restating Our Commitment to NC Exporters

For decades, government agencies and trade-support organizations across the U.S. have celebrated World Trade Month in May. But May 2020 is like no other, as the world just begins a long road to recovery from the unprecedented health and economic impacts of a global pandemic, including forecasts for declines in global trade. During this month…
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EDPNC Global Website Program Can Help Exporters During Covid-19

North Carolina small-business exporters seeking new ways to generate sales at a time when Covid-19 has shut down international business travel should consider acting now to localize their websites in their top priority global markets. “A year ago, we introduced the North Carolina Online Global Program to help small businesses translate, search-engine optimize and market…
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North Carolina Business Relief Resources – COVID-19

North Carolina Business Relief Resources – COVID-19 Download EDPNC’s COVID-19 Business Relief Resource Guide   For all general questions, call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 800.228.8443. BLNC staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.  BLNC staff will connect your business to the appropriate organization for assistance.  All inquiries will receive…
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Guidance for Producers of Critical Medical Equipment and Supplies

Thank you for wanting to help the public health community’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic! We are encouraging companies that are producing or have pivoted to producing needed items to do the following: • Want to make sure that others in the state know what you manufacture? Register on This site has existed for…
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Textile and Furniture Manufacturers Transition Production to Meet COVID-19 Medical Equipment Needs

A group of manufacturers and nonprofits, led by the Carolina Textile District (CTD), are transitioning their production to prototype and produce medical supplies in response to a request from healthcare providers during the COVID-19 crisis. On Monday the CTD launched a link on the organization’s website to handle the intake of demand from healthcare providers…
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Golden Leaf Launches NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

The Golden LEAF Foundation announces $15 million in funding to launch a rapid recovery loan program in response to economic losses related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Golden LEAF funding will support the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program by enabling loans to be made to eligible businesses for up to $50,000 with zero interest and no…
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Audentes Therapeutics to Invest Over $100 Million in Sanford

Audentes Therapeutics, a genetic medicines company, will create 209 new jobs in Lee County, investing $109 million to locate a manufacturing facility in Sanford. “With our powerhouse research centers and highly-skilled workforce, biotech pioneers recognize North Carolina’s role as a leader in the life sciences,” said Governor Cooper. “Lee County is a perfect fit for…
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North Carolina Companies Receive Governor’s Export Awards

Six North Carolina manufacturers received 2019 Governor’s Export Awards in a ceremony highlighting their growing sales success in international markets. These manufacturers make everything from cosmetics to heavy-duty plastic waste containers. North Carolina’s export of goods and services supports more than 400,000 jobs in the state, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. “Manufacturing is…
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