Becton-Dickinson to Hire 187 Workers
State of North Carolina
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
July 19, 2010
Contact: Chris Mackey
Office: (919) 733-5612
BD to Hire 187 Workers in Johnston County
State Grant Helps Medical Technology Company Locate
in Four Oaks
RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
will invest $38.4 million to build a warehouse and East Coast distribution center in Johnston
County. The company plans to hire 187 workers to staff the facility over three years
beginning in 2012. The project was made possible in part by a $600,000 grant from the One
North Carolina Fund.
BD’s presence is another example of why North Carolina has been
consistently ranked among the nation’s top states in biotechnology and life
sciences,” said Gov. Perdue. “Working in partnership with top quality
companies such as this, I will continue to focus on creating good jobs for North
BD is a global medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices,
instrument systems and reagents. It focuses on improving drug delivery, enhancing the
quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research,
discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. Headquartered in New Jersey, BD
currently operates facilities in more than 50 countries around the world, including
five facilities in North Carolina.
Salaries for the new jobs will vary by job function, but the overall annual average
wage for the new jobs will be $28,771 plus benefits. That is slightly below the
Johnston County average annual wage of $31,408.
“We are very pleased to be expanding in North Carolina, where BD now employs
approximately 900 associates and has had a presence since 1972,” said Stephen
Sichak, BD senior vice president, integrated supply chain. “Establishing our
new distribution center in Johnston County will enable BD to reduce cycle times and
enhance the operational effectiveness of our entire supply chain. Additional benefits
include the skilled workforce, transportation infrastructure and supportive government
officials in the region.”
The One North Carolina Fund provides cash grants to attract business projects that
will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies
receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment targets to qualify
for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate. Through Gov.
Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state continues to work aggressively to create
well-paying jobs, train and retrain its workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong
and sustainable economic future.
Other partners who helped with this project include: the N.C. Departments of Commerce
and Transportation, N.C. Community Colleges, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center,
Johnston County and the Town of Four Oaks.