Thermo Fisher expanding operations in Pitt County

FILE - This April 26, 2007, file photo, shows the exterior of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

RALEIGH – Thermo Fisher Scientific will create 290 new jobs in Pitt County in an announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper and the N.C. Department of Commerce. The company will invest $154 million to expand its pharmaceutical manufacturing operations in Greenville.

“Thermo Fisher’s exciting announcement underscores North Carolina’s global reputation as a prime location for life sciences companies to operate,” said Cooper. “This decision proves, yet again, that North Carolina’s biotechnology sector is thriving statewide.”

The Greenville facility is a multi-purpose pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging campus spanning more than one million square feet. This expansion will increase the manufacturing capacity for sterile liquid and lyophilized filling, pre-filled syringes and solid dose continuous manufacturing.

“Our continued growth in capabilities and capacity at our Greenville site has enabled us to support our clients’ needs and the patients they serve,” said Michel Lagarde, executive vice president, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “This new investment will enable new innovation and development capabilities to respond to the accelerated demand for critical medicines and therapies. We also look forward to continued job creation and economic development in this region.”

Average annual salaries are anticipated to be approximately 50% higher than Pitt County’s overall average annual wage of $42,801. The new positions are anticipated to bring $19.2 million of annual payroll growth to the region.

“These additional good paying jobs are greatly welcomed news for our community,” said state Sen. Don Davis (D-Pitt). “North Carolina’s pharmaceutical manufacturing workforce is the third largest in the nation, and I can assure you Eastern North Carolina has the talent to support the company’s future innovation.”

“Our region is experiencing strong growth in the life sciences and that’s because of multimillion dollar investments by companies like Thermo Fisher,” said state Rep. Brian Farkas (D-Pitt). “We are committed to partnering with Thermo Fisher, on both the local and state level, as they embark on this exciting next phase of growth and continue making Pitt County their home.”