Smithfield Herald

June 30, 2014

Clayton approves Grifols warehouse

The Clayton Planning Board has approved a Grifols warehouse that is one of two pieces in a million-dollar incentive deal designed to keep the company’s growth in Johnston County.

The Clayton Planning Board has signed off on a Grifols warehouse, one of two pieces in a $1 million incentives deal designed to keep the company’s growth in Johnston County.

On June 2, 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 two projects – a $7.5 million warehouse and a $22.5 million administrative building.

The Clayton Planning Board approved the warehouse on June 23, said Chris Johnson, the county’s economic-development director. That means that with the appropriate building permits, Grifols can start construction on that project.

Grifols spokesman Punkaj Amin said the warehouse will house the raw materials needed for the production of drug therapies derived from plasma. He added that the company is moving forward with the warehouse while it continuies to consider the $22.5 million administrative building, a project that would add about 15 jobs.

Grifols will build the 59,000-square-foot warehouse on the northwest corner of its Clayton campus, on the site of an existing parking lot.

The warehouse project will also include an enclosed pedestrian corridor that will connect to another building on the property, said Dan Simmons, the owner of Triangle Civilworks, which submitted the site plan for approval.

The Planning Board also unanimously approved additional parking for the company, including two lots with more than 600 spaces. The parking areas are on the south of the Grifols campus, on two parcels that take up about seven acres.

Clayton planner Emily Beddingfield said Grifols needs the parking to support both existing and future development.

Grifols is Johnston County’s largest employer. Its drug therapies are administered to people with life-threatening illnesses such as hemophilia and Alzheimer’s.

The company celebrated the grand opening of its new fractionation facility on June 17. The $370 million, 155,000-square-foot expansion will double Grifols’ blood-plasma production in Clayton, where the Spanish company employs 1,650.

Also, Clayton leaders have approved a 77,000-square-foot logistics warehouse, which will store plasma in temperature-controlled areas before it is shipped for testing or manufacturing. That building is under construction and should also be operational by 2015.

The company’s Johnston County campus on U.S. 70 Business is not in Clayton’s corporate limits but is within the town’s planning jurisdiction. That’s why its building plans go before the town and not the county.

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