North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited Grifols’ Clayton manufacturing campus today (Thursday). The Governor toured the company’s North Fractionation Facility, one of the world’s largest plasma fractionation plants, and learned about Grifols’ history, commitment and investment in North Carolina.
Grifols is dedicated to growth in North Carolina and employs approximately 2,400 people across the state. As Johnston County’s largest private employer, the company will invest $210 million in the Clayton site between 2016 and 2022.
The Governor was joined by the Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan. During the visit, the Secretary presented the state’s Environmental Steward Award to Grifols.
“We are proud to have Grifols join an elite group of organizations that strive for and achieve excellence in environmental stewardship,” said Michael Regan, Secretary of Environmental Quality. “Grifols has worked hard to make lasting impacts on its community, North Carolina and the world.”
The Environmental Steward recognition is the highest level of achievement in the Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) led by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. The Steward level is reserved for organizations that demonstrate a record of excellent environmental performance and pledge to continue that commitment in the future.
The ESI advisory board commended Grifols for its leadership in environmental performance and was particularly impressed by the company’s environmental achievements, including the diversion of 97 percent of waste from the landfill in 2017 and installing Johnston County’s largest concentration of electric vehicle charging stations for employees. Grifols aims for the Clayton site to achieve Virtual Zero Waste to Landfill status by the end of 2018.
“Grifols strives for excellence in every area of our organization, including environmental initiatives,” said Juan Antonio Garcia Diaz, President of Grifols Therapeutics LLC. “We are passionate about being an Environmental Steward and being a good neighbor in the communities where we operate. It’s an honor to have our efforts recognized by the ESI.”
The Environmental Steward honor is one of Grifols’ many environmental recognitions. In February 2018, Grifols received the Campbell Innovation Award from the prestigious Campbell Institute for excellence in environmental initiatives and finding creative solutions for waste disposal. The same month, Grifols received its second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for its new administration building. In November 2017, Duke Energy named Grifols as one of six Duke Energy Power Partners, which honors significant achievements in energy efficiency, innovation and sustainability.