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$6 Million Grant to Aid Critical Sewer Infrastructure Needs

07/28/2020

Town of Clayton & Johnston County Receive $6 Million Grant from Department of Commerce for Critical Sewer Infrastructure Needs

CLAYTON – The Town of Clayton and Johnston County have been awarded a $6 million federal grant that will help fund critical sewer improvements to protect several of our area’s largest employers, including one that is currently creating COVID-19 treatments.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that his Economic Development Administration (EDA) chose the Town of Clayton and Johnston County as recipients because our communities have been impacted by recent natural disasters and the grant money will help make improvements that will ensure greater resiliency to our pharmaceutical and manufacturing employers.

Johnston County leaders including the Clayton Town Council and Mayor Jody McLeod welcomed this announcement coming just as hurricane season heats up.

“Hurricane Matthew hit Clayton hard in 2016 – flooding the county’s regional wastewater treatment plant and in Clayton we were limited in how much we could redirect wastewater to our plant - so we quickly realized we had to prioritize improvements to make sure these companies didn’t have to making their life-saving medicines every time a hurricane threatened,” said Mayor McLeod. “The Town of Clayton provides water and sewer to the East Clayton Industrial Area (ECIA) which includes businesses along NC 42 E, US 70 W and Powhatan Road. Many people don’t realize this area employs half of all Johnston County’s total manufacturing jobs! The 1200-acre ECIA is home to a whopping 13% of the North Carolina’s entire pharmaceutical industry. So this grant will help us assure uninterrupted service to great corporate partners like Grifols, Novo Nordisk, other businesses and future industry.”  

Grifols, one of the largest plasma companies in the world making medicines for rare and chronic illnesses, is completing a $210 million expansion of two new facilities in Clayton creating 250+ new jobs. And Novo Nordisk, a global leader in diabetes care and other serious health conditions, is wrapping up a $2 billion investment to building a new production facility in Clayton which will employ 700 employees.

Engineering studies are now underway for the proposed project that will involve construct more than 30,000 feet of sewer lines and pump station improvement to the Town of Clayton and Johnston County’s facilities serving the industrial area. In total, the anticipated cost of the project for Clayton and Johnston County is was $10.7 million. This federal investment of $6 million will go a long way in lessening the local share. The project is expected to take about 3 years to complete.  

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