Clayton News-Star

Grifols, Novo Nordisk seek help from the state

Clayton leaders are throwing their support behind a bid to win funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation to pave an emergency access road that serves both the Grifols and Novo Nordisk plants just outside town.

Council members approved a resolution in favor of the request at Monday night’s meeting.

The town would not incur any costs in the project and Town Manager Steve Biggs likened the resolution to similar requests the town has made in the past to support economic development efforts.

There is currently a gravel access road that runs behind the plant, giving emergency workers access to the large building from the north side of the property.

In a letter to DOT, both companies ask the agency to pave the road. In a followup letter, Grifols director Timothy Hamm warns that the road has deteriorated, making it nearly unusable for the purpose it was built.

Grifols announced last fall plans to expand its operation at the Clayton site, with a new $27 million dollar facility. The expansion is expected to created 114 new jobs.