By Laura Crosio
Johnston County Commissioners agreed to give a three-year economic incentive grant to 3C Packaging, a Clayton-based company that provides packaging materials for many of the area’s pharmaceutical corporations.
Company leaders have pledged to invest a projected $2 million to $3 million into their business, which includes the hiring of 20 new employees and making building improvements. Chris Johnson, the county’s economic director, explained to commissioners that 3C has been doing business in Clayton since 1983. A decade ago they suffered a devastating fire that destroyed most of their property but were able to rebuild and add to their workforce. 3C currently employs 180 workers.
The three-year grant is an incentive program that will give the company a 50% reimbursement of the taxes paid on their new investment. That figure is estimated at $7,800 to $12,000 a year for the duration of the grant.
Joe Elphick, the founder and owner, said 3C is looking forward to additional growth thanks to county support and the recent expansion announcement by Novo Nordisk. They plan to add the additional employees over the next three to five years at an average salary of $35,000 to $40,000.