Talecris Biotherapeutics' $270 million expansion in Clayton is officially topped off.
On Wednesday, about 150 Talecris employees, contractors, and state and local officials used permanent markers to sign a steel beam that now sits atop the frame that will become the company's new fractionation facility. The "topping off" ceremony is a construction industry tradition considered good luck for a new building.
So far, one of the largest capital projects in Johnston County's history is "on time and under budget," said Talecris chief financial officer John Hanson.
The facility is expected to open in 2015 and eventually employ 259 people. Talecris stands to receive tax breaks and other incentives worth as much as $20 million if it meets hiring goals.