An Illinois-based pharmaceutical company with long-standing operations in North Carolina plans to add 200 jobs at its medicine manufacturing plant in Rocky Mount, about 60 miles east of Raleigh.
Hospira will add the jobs over the next three years in technical, supervisory, production and support roles. The jobs will pay an average annual wage of $51,780, about 50 percent more than the Nash County average, according to an announcement issued today by the office of Gov. Bev Perdue.
The company currently employs 2,400 at the Rocky Mount facility that was built in 1968 by Abbott Laboratories and spun off to Hospira in 2004.
Hospira stands to qualify for $645,000 from the One North Carolina Fund if it meets state targets, including investing $85 million in the facility in the first three years. The company can also qualify for up to $12.5 million in property tax refunds from Nash County and City of Rocky Mount as part of a local economic development agreement.
Hospira, based in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, employs 15,000 worldwide and makes infusion technologies and generic injectible drugs for hospitals and health care facilities. The Rocky Mount plants makes anesthetics, anti-infectants and medications for kidney and heart care.