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Economic Boost from Construction Crews Expected in Clayton

December 22, 2016

As if 700 new, high-paying jobs coming to Clayton with the $1.8 billion Novo Nordosk’s manufacturing plant weren’t enough, according to Johnston County Visitors Bureau President and CEO Donna Bailey-Taylor, she is looking for places to accommodate the nearly 3,000 construction workers from crews across the country who will be coming to Johnston County to work on the half-mile wide construction project.  Right now, Johnston County has about 2,200 hotel rooms in inventory, Bailey-Taylor says. Construction of another 200 hotel rooms is expected to start in 2017 for a proposed new Hampton Inn & Suites in Benson and second hotel project in Smithfield. “Any time you have construction crews in town, it’s a boost to the local hotel economy. Not a bad problem to have. But it’s going to take more than that,” she says. Both Novo Nordisk and Fluor Corp. (the Texas-based company that has accepted the engineering, procurement, construction and construction management contract of the new Clayton plant) officials have been working with local real estate agents to identify both rental and permanent housing options for employees who will be on-site more long term.

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