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Drug manufacturer to bring 425 jobs, $680 million to Durham, Wilson

July 25, 2019

Merck, a global pharmaceutical manufacturing company, is adding 425 new jobs across North Carolina in exchange for $12.5 million in incentives. Merck will be required to invest $680 million in the Durham project by the end of 2023. It will invest $30 million in Wilson.

As part of its expansion here, the company will build a 225,000-square-foot drug manufacturing facility at its existing campus at the Treyburn Corporate Park in North Durham, where it will be manufacturing the active ingredients for the Gardasil shot, which helps prevent cervical cancer.

The state awarded a total incentive of $8.8 million to Merck, with $4.97 million being through the JDIG award.

Durham County offered $3 million in incentives, and Wilson County offered $750,000.

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