Medical-device maker Becton Dickinson plans to open an East Coast distribution center in the Johnston County town of Four Oaks, creating 187 jobs by 2015.
Gov. Bev Perdue made the announcement this morning during a news conference at Four Oaks Elementary School.
The publicly traded company will receive a $600,000 grant from the state's One North Carolina Fund.
The jobs will pay average annual salaries of $28,771. That's below the Johnston County average of $31,408.
State officials said today the BD jobs are high quality, particularly given the current economic climate.
"In this economic environment we are trying to create good jobs for people," said Deborah Barnes, a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Commerce.
"Just because they're slightly below the county average does not mean it's not a good job. It's certainly not a minimum wage job."
The company expects to begin hiring in 2012.
BD will be the first tenant at a nearly 400-acre industrial park at exit 87 off I-95, just north of the intersection of I-40. Officials hope that BD will help them attract other businesses to the long-delayed park.
The company also considered sites in South Carolina and Virginia.