Pharmaceutical company picks North Carolina for facility

Published 9:33 am Friday, July 23, 2010

ISLE OF WIGHT—The pharmaceutical company Becton Dickinson will not be coming to Windsor.

According to the office of North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, the company will build a $38.4 million warehouse and distribution center in Johnston County. The facility will create 187 jobs.

Isle of Wight County officials were disappointed that the company passed on the other site under consideration, the Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park near Windsor.

“We had a real good shot,” Windsor District Supervisor Thomas Wright said Thursday. “I met with the (Becton Dickinson) people during their second look in the county. I had good feelings talking with them. But I guess North Carolina threw up more money than the Commonwealth.”

Lisa Perry, the economic development director for the county, was in the United Kingdom for a trade and marketing mission on Thursday and was unavailable for comment.

“I don’t know why (Becton Dickinson) left,” Wright said. “When Ms. Perry gets back in the country she’ll find out why (the company went to N.C.) and see if we can’t correct it for the next time.”

Becton Dickinson, headquartered in Franklin Lakes, N.J., develops and manufactures medical instruments. According to the company’s annual report for 2009, BD has about 29,000 employees worldwide and assets totaling more than $9.3 billion. The company’s stock, listed as BDX on the New York Stock Exchange, was trading at $66.92 in Thursday trading.

Becton Dickinson has facilities in Durham, Wilson and Mebane, N.C., and in the Research Triangle Park between Durham and Raleigh. The new facility will be built in the Four Oaks Business Park, an undeveloped, 356-acre site near Interstate 95 and the town of Four Oaks, N.C.

The company’s presence in the Tar Heel State may have been a factor in the decision to build there.

“We are very pleased to be expanding in North Carolina, where BD now employs approximately 900 associates and has had a presence since 1972,” Stephen Sichak, a company vice president, said in a written statement Monday. “Establishing our new distribution center in Johnston County will enable BD to reduce cycle times and enhance the operational effectiveness of our entire supply chain.”