Wilson pharmaceutical plant to expand
A biopharmaceutical company plans to expand its Wilson facility. A press release from the Governor’s Office says that Merck plans a $57 million expansion at its Wilson facility, bringing 55 new jobs to the plant. The expansion will allow the plant to produce a vaccine used to prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis in children. It’s the second expansion announced by Merck this year involving the Wilson operation. In July Merck announced expansion of facilities in Durham and Wilson to produce an HPV vaccine. Average wage for the new positions will be over $59,000, compared to the current Wilson County average wage of just over $44,000. Merck will be eligible for a $200,000 grant from the state contingent on meeting job creation and investment targets.