Solar farms on planning agenda
The Johnston County Planning Board will hear 10 solar farm requests when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the courthouse in Smithfield.
Those requests are for:
▪ 25 acres at 150 Reilly Farm Lane in Boon Hill Township near Princeton.
▪ 25 acres at 2951 Baker’s Chapel Road in Boon Hill Township.
▪ 25 acres at 6120 U.S. 70 East in Boon Hill Township.
▪ 25 acres at 644 Woodard Road in Boon Hill Township.
▪ 15 acres at 4188 Cleveland Road west of Smithfield.
▪ 15 acres at 315 Vinson Road in Wilson’s Mills Township.
▪ 16.35 acres at 800 Wellons Road in Smithfield Township.
▪ 19.86 acres at 4246 Stevens Chapel Road east of Smithfield.
▪ 17.11 acres at 901 Lynch Road in Wilders Township.
▪ 15 acres on Landmark Road in Pleasant Grove Township.
Hospira to begin Clayton layoffs in July
Hospira, which announced earlier this year that it would close its Clayton plant this summer, is set to begin laying off employees in July.
The company announced in a letter filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce that about 100 employees will lose their jobs over a two-week period starting on July 3.
The closing of the Clayton plant, which makes injectable drugs and other medical products, will affect 250 employees. The Clayton workers can apply for other jobs with the company, and Hospira said in its letter that it is working to find jobs at other sites for some employees.
Hospira will spend about $15 million on severance, retention and other employee assistance related to the closing, the company reported in an earlier regulatory filing.
In announcing its decision to close the plant, Hospira said it did so after analyzing the market needs for the four products and how the plant fits in Hospira’s operations network.
Hospira employs about 3,000 people at other plants in North Carolina.
Clayton receives grant for tennis courts
The U.S. Tennis Association has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Town of Clayton. The town will use the grant to reruface six tennis courts at Clayton Community Park on Amelia Church Road.
“We are committed to enhancing and building more tennis facilities in communities across the country,” said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive of community tennis for the USTA. “This program allows us to assist in the development process of providing usable tennis venues to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to play and enjoy the health benefits of our great game.”
A May 3 story on strawberry picking incorrectly listed the Johnston County farms where people can pick their own berries. Middle Creek Farms and Wilson’s Family Market no longer offer that activity.