A three-story, 100,000-square-foot office building is the next planned expansion at the Grifols plant just east of town.
The Clayton Planning Board on Monday approved the site plan for the drug maker’s newest building, which town planner Emily Beddingfield said would consolidate existing and temporary offices and provide space for growth.
Growth has been the chief word to describe the goings-on at the Clayton plant, one of three Grifols manufacturing hubs throughout the world. Earlier this year, the Spain-based company opened a new fractionation building, where Grifols separates plasma from blood, and it’s finishing up a product-storage building.
Separately, in June, the planning board signed off on a site plan for a 59,00-square-foot warehouse that will house the raw materials needed to produce drug therapies derived from plasma.
Timothy Hamm, senior director for validation and site development at Grifols, said the company is still reviewing its plans for the office building. He said he couldn’t speak on specifics such as occupancy, final square footage and construction dates.
Earlier this year, a Grifols spokesman said the office building would cost about $22.5 million and add about 15 jobs to the company’s payroll.
Dan Simmons of Triangle Civil Works – a Smithfield-based engineering firm that is working with Grifols – said the office building would house about 460 people.
“It makes for better management, better access and better communication of the people,” Simmons said during the planning board meeting.
“It will eliminate 99 percent of the mobile offices that have been placed on site.”
Grifols employs about 1,650 employees in Clayton and is the largest private employer in Johnston County.
The office building and warehouse were two pieces in a $1 million incentives deal designed to keep the company’s growth in Johnston County. Earlier this year, the Johnston County Board of Commissioners agreed to give Grifols $1.08 million in property-tax rebates if the company picked its Clayton campus for the two projects.
Grifols plans to build the office space on an existing parking lot on the eastern side of the plant. The building will run alongside U.S. 70 Business and should be visible to passersby on the highway, according to the site plan.