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Biotech Equipment Maker to Create 251 Jobs in North Carolina

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Biotech manufacturing equipment maker ABEC Inc. plans to create 251 jobs in Wilson, North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced.

The new positions will pay an average of $52,613, which is about $5,000 higher than the county’s average wage. A press release said the local area and state would see an annual impact of over $13 million from the new payroll. The company will also spend $11 million on an ISO-7 cleanroom, and the investment will bolster ABEC’s single-use disposable container manufacturing capacity for Custom Single Run biomanufacturing solutions.

ABEC CEO and Chairman Scott Pickering said the 50,000-square-foot location would house state-of-the-art equipment and bring bioprocess and technical expertise to the company.

Partners involved in the project include the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s Economic Development Partnership, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the North Carolina Community College System.

Machelle Baker Sanders, the state’s commerce secretary, said North Carolina has focused on forming a workforce for the biotechnology industry and will continue to invest in training programs and education.

ABEC received a state Job Development Investment Grant and could be reimbursed approximately $2 million over 12 years. Headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, ABEC provides services for biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

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